The Executive Director Operations, Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), Engr. Ariaga Azubuike Uzoma has commended the Petroleum Technology Development Funds (PTDF) for the high level of training given to the welders trained by the Fund.
Speaking at a close-out ceremony for trainee which allows then acquires a practical on-the-job experience known as Post Training Attachment (PTA) programme, Engr. Uzoma said the internship scheme prepares beneficiaries for absorption into the industry.
A similar commendation was said to have been expressed by the management of Port-Harcourt Refining and Petrochemical Company (PHRC), where the 3rd batch of the PTA scheme has been flagged off.
A statement issued by PTDF spokesman, Kalu Otisis said impressed by the diligence, professionalism and commitment to duty exhibited by the previous PTA beneficiaries, the Management of the Refining Company requested for an increase in the number of PTDF trained welders for enrolment into the Scheme.
Kalu also discussed that some National Oil Companies have started engaging the services of PTDF trained welders for the implementation of their oil and gas service contracts.
According to him the move followed the exposure given to skills and competencies of the welders through PTDF organised PTA Post Training programme, which said is a practical on-the-job internship scheme that prepares beneficiaries for absorption into the industry.
Kalu added that the PTA programme is currently on-going in the major refineries of Port-Harcourt, Kaduna and Warri.
According to the PTDF spokesman, one of the trainees, Ibrahim Mohammed was employed by Dorman Long Engineering Limited, a leading oilfield equipment, marine structural engineering and fabrication company.
The other is Gideon Uko, who on completion of the six months Post Training Attachment programme was engaged by Supertech Investment Limited, a contractor with the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) that specializes in Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services.