The Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology development Fund (PTDF), Mr. Muttapha Rabe Darma has said that the agency has spent whooping sum of N3 billion in upgrading facilities in sixteen universities this year.
Mr. Darma disclosed this to newsmen after the commissioning of the department of pure and Applied Chemistry, university of Calabar.
He said the department was a PTDF project under the second phase universities programme and is the fourth of the eight upgraded departments so elected universities to be commissioned.
Placing the total cost of the project at N430 million, the Executive Secretary also said facilities provided include a new departmental building with a 300 seater auditorium, furnished classrooms with modern teaching facilities, Laboratory and workshops, library, computer rooms and offices for lecturers.
Other components are the supply and installation of laboratory and workshop equipment, installation of IT facilities and teaching aids, books, journals, generating plants and a borehole.
Darma said the agency, through a federal agency, was not only for the benefit of federal universities but also for state universities and other relevant institutions that have facilities for teaching oil and gas related courses.
For any University to qualify for PTDF upgrade, he said, its main course of study, academic programme and curricula must have been accredited by the national universities commission (NUC) and relevant to the oil and gas industry.
Also, its faculty should be able to facilitate strong scientific and technical research that are relevant to oil and gas industry collaboration in the development of local capacity.
He challenged the management of the university of Calabar to justify the huge expenditure of the Federal government by producing fist class graduates with the right academic credentials, skills and competences so as to play active roles in the operational and management segments of the oil and gas industry.