…Establishment of the Institute of Oil and Gas Technology at Egbema
will reduce crimes in Niger Delta Region – Hon. Uju Kingsley Chima
BY OBUTE JAMES
The House of Representatives on Tuesday organised Public Hearing on a Bill for an Act to Establish the Institute of Oil and Gas Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies, Egbema, Imo State.
The Chairman, House Committee on Science and Technology, Hon. Beni Lar said about 35 heads of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as non governmental organizatios were invited to make their submissions on the bill.
Hon. Uju Kingsley Chima, representive of Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta /Oru West Federal Constituency of Imo State in his submission said the establishment of the Institute will go along way to whittle down crimes in the oil rich Niger Delta region.
The bill was sponsored by Hon. Uju Kingsley Chima.
Chima said it is unfortunate that Oil and Gas sector in Nigeria will continue to rely on expatriates because the country lacks or unable to provide adequate local manpower in the area.
He said not all the areas of the Oil and Gas sector require very high technical know-how requiring essential university eduction, hence the need of the institute.
“To our chagrin, some of the expatriates hired by Oil and Gas companies are ordinary trained technicians without any formal university or polytechnic education. Unfortunately, these technicians arrive Nigeria as foreign expatriates, raise payments in Dollars and even displace our university graduates, probably because Nigeria is unable to provide the needed basic technical training for our local manpower.” Hon. Chima said.