On PTDF-WTCP welders train­ing pro­gramme

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

The Pres­i­dent of the Fed­eral Re­pub­lic has the power to in­ves­ti­gate and check the ac­tiv­i­ties of any per­son or min­istry un­der 88 (1) of the 1999 con­sti­tu­tion, It the rea­son why I most re­spect­fully re­quest that you use your good of­fices to in­ter­vene, in­ves­ti­gate the Nige­rian In­sti­tute of Weld­ing and Petroleum Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Fund.

Nige­ria’s big­gest eco­nomic growth con­straint be­fore now was the scarcity of lo­cal labour, pos­sess­ing the nec­es­sary ex­per­tise and skills through a re­li­able cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process for tech­ni­cal and vocational skills which most em­ploy­ers use as rea­sons of their in­abil­ity to hire Nige­rian trained tech­ni­cians. The Petroleum Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Fund (PTDF) and the

Nige­rian In­sti­tute of Weld­ing (NIW) has done re­mark­ably well in its welders pro­gram. The PTDF, an agency es­tab­lished and backed by de­cree No.25 of 1973 now in­cor­po­rated into laws of fed­er­a­tion 2004 as chap­ter 15. On the 4th De­cem­ber 2009 in the *Daily Trust* News­pa­per page 25 ad­ver­tised the welders train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram with an award of diploma in fil­let, plate and pipe. This train­ing was done in con­junc­tion with the Nige­rian in­sti­tute of weld­ing (NIW) which is an au­tho­rized na­tional body of the in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tute of weld­ing(IIW) (not yet ver­i­fied by me). Be­fore this in - coun­try train­ing was made a suc­cess the petroleum tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Fund (PTDF) sent twenty Nige­ri­ans to the South African In­sti­tute of Weld­ing (SAIW) and trained them as weld­ing spe­cial­ist and weld­ing prac­ti­tioner thereby quali­fy­ing as in­struc­tors in the train - the trainer pro­gram. This was also one of the pre - req­ui­site con­di­tions to be met for the NIW to be an au­tho­rized na­tional body of the in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tute of weld­ing (IIW) qual­i­fied to is­sue the in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tute of weld­ing (IIW) diploma in fil­let ,plate and pipe weld­ing; all th­ese were at­tained un­der the spon­sor­ship of the petroleum Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Fund (PTDF) via the able lead­er­ship of Engr. Mut­taqa Rabe Darma, FNSE as the PTDF Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary and the Pres­i­dent of the NIW, Mr. Solomon Ede­biri, JP. This cost the gov­ern­ment mil­lions of naira per one trainee (per­son). And on the 19th of April 2010 the train­ing of about 500 Nige­rian youths com­menced af­ter a rig­or­ous se­lec­tion process of trainees from the 36 states of the fed­er­a­tion and FCT, and on the mod­ules.

The petroleum industry Nige­rian con­tent ini­tia­tive has not mean­ing­fully im­pacted on th­ese trained Nige­ri­ans in cre­at­ing jobs for them. The train­ing pro­gramme was a brain child of the late Pres­i­dent Yar’adua with the mo­tive of cre­at­ing job in the oil and gas com­pa­nies in Nige­ria via the Nige­rian Lo­cal con­tent ini­tia­tive to dis­lodge for­eign ex­pa­tri­ates but the cruel hand of death frus­trated his plans of cre­at­ing job for the trainee on com­ple­tion of the pro­gram. Af­ter Pres­i­dent Yar’adua’s demise trainees were just is­sued with in­ter­na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion un­der the regime of Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan. Now for over four years they are left unemployed and fi­nan­cially un­der­pow­ered. Yet com­pa­nies in Nige­ria have been re­cruit­ing ex­pa­tri­ates from Philip­pines, In­dia leav­ing the in­di­genes unemployed. The petroleum tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment fund (PTDF) has trained an­other batch of three hun­dred welders to be cer­ti­fied in­ter­na­tion­ally by the end of this year.

It for this rea­son I write this let­ter on be­half of the en­tire suc­cess­ful weld­ing trainees. Sir I urge you to in­ves­ti­gate the en­tire process of the train­ing in­clud­ing the con­tact con­tent, the financial im­pli­ca­tions as well as post agree­ment on the suc­cess­ful can­di­date. Sir I also call on your gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment the lo­cal con­tent bill to en­sure it is to­tal com­pli­ant, to en­able the welders be em­ployed in to gov­ern­ment and pri­vate com­pa­nies in our oil and gas in­dus­tries.

On the fed­eral char­ac­ter in the Nige­rian In­sti­tute of Welders should also be re­vis­ited, as well as reg­u­lar­ized to en­sure rep­re­sen­ta­tion from all­parts of Nige­ria.

Tukur Has­san Tingilin, Doc­toral Re­seacher, Ma­te­rial Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing, Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Bei­jing

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