The Nigerian National Fitters Association (NNFA) has solicited strong partnership between the body, government and international oil companies (IOCs) to promote Niger Delta youths’ acquisition of technical skills necessary to bridge the yawning gap in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
The new Egi Unit Leader of the association, Comrade Clemet Ede, who expressed the body’s desire to play a significant role in the quest to improve indigenous participation in the industry in his acceptance speech in Port Harcourt, last week, said a strong synergy with all stakeholders, especially government and multinational oil and gas companies operating in the region would enhance the productive capacity of local manpower as a launching pad for increasing the nation’s stake in the industry.
Ede noted that the association could play a pivotal role in boosting the country’s participation in the technical aspect of the industry’s operations by promoting professional excellence in the field, and stated that to achieve this, there was need for regular training and the provision of essential incentives to boost the productive capacity of Nigerians.
The Egi unit leader, who is a staff of Saipem Nigeria Limited, said fitters as professionals in the oil and gas industry, were essential to the development of the nation’s critical energy sector, and appealed for the inclusion of fitters in strategic government policy implementation teams, particularly as they relate to the development of the oil and gas industry.
While speaking on his leadership thrust, Ede assured that the tenure would witness an open and consultation-based executive, and solicited the support and cooperation of members to enable the new executive discharge its onerous duties effectively.
He commended the national executive of the association for availing them the opportunity to serve, and assured that his leadership would strive to leave a shining legacy for posterity.
Earlier, a statement signed by the National Secretary of the association, Comrade Odjomah Joseph, and made available to The Tide, had indicated that the emergence of the new executive team followed the dissolution of the Vincent Obulor-led leadership, which was enmeshed in internal wrangling.
The statement added that the election of the new executive followed due process after series of consultations with all stakeholders, players and parties to the corporate existence of the association in the state and across the nation.
The Tide gathered that the reconstituted Egi Unit of the association has Comrade Daniel Frank as secretary, while Comrade Julius Ellah will serve as financial secretary.