Connect with us

Oil & Energy

N’Delta Youths Get Shell’s Overseas Post-Graduate Scholarships

Published

on

Ten undergraduate students from three states in the Niger Delta have been awarded post-graduate scholarships to study in various critical science courses at three of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious universities.

The students are two from Warri North, one each from Ethiope West, Ndokwa East, Aniocha South, and  Oshimili North in Delta State, one each from Bonny, Ogu/Bolo and Oyigbo in Rivers State, while the other is from  Nembe in Bayelsa State.

Whereas three of the scholars would study Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and chemical process Engineering at University College, London, two would undertake Petroleum Geosciences while another two would take Petroleum Geophysics at Imperial College, London, just as University of Leeds takes in two who will study Oilfield Corrosion Engineering and one on Exploration Geophysics.

All beneficiaries had graduated with, at least, second class honours upper in Geology, Structural engineering, industrial Mathematics and Mechanical engineering from University of Benin; Geology from University of Nigeria; Mechanical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University; and Physics from Delta State University; while three had graduated from Rivers State University of Science and Technology, majoring in Physics (Electronics), Applied Geophysics, and Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering, respectively.

Presenting the awards to the 10 recipients at a colourful ceremony in Port Harcourt last Friday, the Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Mutiu Sunmonu, said the overseas post-graduate scholarship scheme was an additional window to improve the human capital index of the region through training in critical fields that would enable the bridging of the yawning gap in the oil and gas sector.

Sunmonu, who was represented at the event by the company’s General Manager, Human Resources, Charles Gbandi, noted that the scheme, which began last year with 10 students in the three prestigious universities in the UK, was aimed at further educating talented youth from Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa states as a means of boosting the pipeline of Niger Delta talent and developing indigenous manpower for the oil and gas industry, adding that on completion of the programme, the students were expected to return and contribute to the development of the oil and gas industry and their communities.

He thanked the Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa governments for partnering with SPDC to sustain the excellence which the scheme was designed to achieve, and charged the beneficiaries to exemplify their worth as good ambassadors of the scheme and the company.

Also speaking, Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi lauded Shell for being socially responsible to its host communities, and helping the government to enhance the human capacity profile of the region.

Represented by Mrs May Solomon, the Education Commissioner said the students would help fill the manpower gap in the oil and gas sector and fulfil the purpose of the Nigerian Content Development Law, and pledged the readiness of the government to continue to collaborate with the multinational concerns to boost the human capital base of the state, while tasking SPDC to increase the number of beneficiaries to accommodate more Rivers youth.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Miss Tonye Sokari, expressed the determination of the 10 recipients of the scholarship to excel in all their chosen fields of study, and promised that their various families, communities and states governments would never be disappointed by their performances.

Nelson Chukwudi

Continue Reading
Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Oil & Energy

Buhari Thumbs Up For NLNG As NNPC Reviews Activities

Published

on

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) held its head high as it commenced activities for the week following commendation from President Muhammadu Buhari for rallying shareholders to make Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) a company to reckon with.
Buhari who is also the Minister of Petroleum Resources gave the commendation at the ground breaking of the NLNG Train 7, recently.
He said that the NLNG had always been associated with success and had become a global company.
“The NLNG Train 7 represents another historic milestone in the history of NLNG. NLNG story has been associated with success,” he said.
The president also said that the NLNG had contributed 114billion dollars in taxes to Nigeria, and tthat with NLNG Train 7, there would be more jobs that would touch the lives of everyone particularly the host community.
He expressed joy how the NLNG had transformed from just a project to a very successful company in about 30 years.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, urged all shareholders to work hard to ensure the successful completion of the project which he said would boost government’s efforts to make Nigeria a fully industrialised nation.
Sylva also said the project would help the nation’s gas development aspiration.
NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, that there was consensus among shareholders and board members to take the next step towards providing additional capacity which should be greater than what was on ground.
The NNPC GMD thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his quick intervention which ensured the eradication of all pre-existing stumbling blocks on the path of NLNG Train 7 project
Also in the week under review, Minister of State for Petroleum, Sylva commended President Buhari at a ceremony to mark the execution of Shareholders Agreement between the NNPC, the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and Zed Energy.

Continue Reading

Oil & Energy

Total Nigeria Advocates Petroleum Subsidy Removal

Published

on

Managing Director Total Nigeria, Plc, Mr Imrane Barry, says removal of petrol subsidy will help government to redirect its earnings to support infrastructure development for economic growth and development.
Barry made this known when he featured on a roundtable on Downstream and midstream at the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja.
He spoke on the topic “The down/midstreams: Paths to the future through holistic and integrated solution”.
He said that signing of the Petroleum Industry Bill would help to unbundle the oil and gas industry and encourage development, private investment and create jobs.
“The petrol subsidy regime costs the country approximately 2.6 billion dollars (N1 trillion) per year and the country can no longer afford it.
“The removal of the subsidy will allow government direct more of its earnings towards infrastructure and social development,” he said.
He said that since government had declared decade of gas, there was need for Investment in Natural Gas.
He added that government needed to continue to push policies that would favour private participation and investment in the gas value chain, production, storage and distribution.
“Also, government needs to give incentives for investors in the sector, tax rebates etc to encourage long term participation.
“In the B2C sector, the government should put in  place incentives for customers to switch from white fuels to gas powered machines for road transportation.
“They should continue investment in the nation’s critical infrastructure that aids trade and commerce,’’ he added.
He further called for the fixing of Apapa ports and other ports in Nigeria, development of interstate road network, fixing of rail lines for human and cargo transportation
Commenting on impact of COVID-19 pandemic to global oil market, he said that it made the market volume shrank by 30% while margins became weak(Losses) with aviation sector mostly affected for the following reasons.
He added that the global economy was badly affected generally due to airport closure, drop in international prices of jet fuel platts which , led to a huge loss in aviation business due to contractual agreement with international airlines coupled with large amount of “old stock” in tank.
“PMS is a regulated product, with the price fixed by the government; resulting in fixed margins.
“The devaluation of the Naira from N360 to N380 during the pandemic, coupled with rising inflation in the country further eroded this “fixed margin” for the players in the downstream sector,” he said
He urged government to ensure speedy passage of the PIB to help the sector play its part effectively.

Continue Reading

Oil & Energy

Partners Execute Shareholder Agreement For Brass Products Terminal

Published

on

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), along with their partner, the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board, NCDMB, and Zed Energy have executed a shareholders’ agreement for the establishment of a 50 million litre Petroleum Products Terminal in Brass, Bayelsa State.
The N10.5 billion Brass Petroleum Products Terminal project is expected to deliver an automated 50 million litre depot with two-way product jetty, automated loading bay, and 6 automated tanks for storage of 30 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)and 20 million litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK).
While speaking at the signing ceremony, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his giant strides in the Niger Delta which is making a huge impact on the people of the area.
“I make bold to say today without any fear of contradiction that no President has impacted the people of the Niger Delta like President Muhammadu Buhari. Aside from what we are witnessing today, remember there is also the Brass Fertilizer & Petrochemical Company, the Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum and the Oil & Gas Park in Ogbia, all under Mr. President,” the Minister stated.
Sylva added that the establishment of the Terminal further demonstrates Mr. President’s commitment to the enhancement of the livelihood of the Niger Delta people particularly, the riverine communities in Bayelsa State where people purchase products at exorbitant prices due to logistics challenges associated with transporting products to that area.
Speaking shortly after signing the agreement, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari said the Corporation was proud to be part of the project which aside ensuring products availability in all nooks and crannies of the Niger Delta, will also guarantee the nation’s energy security and generate employment.
“This Terminal will create 1,000 direct jobs during the construction phase, and over 5,000 indirect jobs during its operation. Considering the potential for employment when completed, this will definitely reduce youth restiveness in the Niger Delta area and will also address the problem of illegal refining in the area,” Kyari stated.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Simbi Wabote stated that this milestone was as a result of strong interagency collaboration and public-private sector partnership.
“The NCDMB will continue to drive such partnerships across the industry to bring development in Nigeria,” he noted.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the Project and Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Bala Wunti stated that the project would enhance the economics of marine petroleum products distribution.

Continue Reading

Trending