President Nana Akufo-Addo will on 10th September, 2021 officially oversee the commencement ceremony for training of 150 Ghanaian beneficiaries under the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity Building Programme, AOGC, at the Takoradi Technical University. The 150 beneficiaries of the AOGC Programme selected from across the country will undergo six-months intensive hands-on training in petroleum sector related skills acquisition.
Speaking on the side-lines of a Joint Planning Team meeting made up of Petroleum Commission and TTU representatives, the Director of Local Content at the Petroleum Commission, Kweku Boateng, said the training for the 150 beneficiaries is strategic to the fulfilment of the PC’s mandate of building local capacity and follows a Memorandum of Understanding earlier signed with TTU.
“As part of our mandate is the need to build capacity of Ghanaians to be able to replace advantage positions especially technical areas. So in accordance with that, the President came up with this AOGC initiative to fast track the training of Ghanaian technicians and engineers so that we can quickly replace foreign workers in the oil and gas industry… The purpose is to accelerate the training and capacity building of Ghanaian individuals and professionals as well as the Ghanaian SME so that they will be able to take over the oil and gas industry. So this is in accordance with the localisation mandate of the commission but because we want to fast track the training that is why this initiative of AOGC came up“, he said.
The Communication Specialist for the AOGC, Nana Damoah, giving details on the training after the Joint Planning Team meeting, said the beneficiaries were vigorously and fairly selected across the nation and will be given recognized certification to be ready for petroleum job opportunities.
“This training is for 150 people in the area of network operators, mechanical technicians and allied field, so that at the end of the day we know that we have 150 Ghanaians who are certified. Whenever these companies bring in request to go and bring in expatriates, we would rather ask them to utilize local Ghanaian talents. That way we are also creating more jobs and more of the oil money will be staying in the country. The training officially starts on the 10th of September 2021 and it is going to run for 6-months in total, with 2-months academic work and 2-months practical work on TTU campus as well as 2-months in the field to do industries apprenticeship. The kind of certification is IVQ City and Guilds Level-3”, he said.
The Pro Vice Chancellor of Takoradi Technical University, Prof Victor Kweku Bondzie Micah, hailed the choice of TTU as the host of the AOGC capacity building programme. Prof. Micah however said it is a confirmation of TTU being the hub of oil and gas training and a preferred centre for TVET training.
“As a university we are privilege to have such a training come here, especially being part of the oil and gas capacity building project. This is to prepare people to work in the oil and gas industry. Our niche area is oil and gas and once it is our niche area I think it is a good thing in a good direction to help the University at least support and build capacity for the oil and gas sector”, he said.
The representatives of the Joint Planning Team from Petroleum Commission and Takoradi Technical University led by the Registrar, Dr. Moses Maclean Abnory spent time after the meeting to inspect the TTU auditorium where the commencement event will be held as well as the hall of resident where the trainees will lodge.
Prior to the 10th September 2021 official commencement of the training, there would be a three-day orientation programme for the 150 beneficiary trainees from 6th to 8th September.
President Nana Akufo-Addo is also expected to use the occasion to commission the newly completed four-storey TTU Oduro Block.
The Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity Building Programme was established in 2017 under the auspices of President Nana Addo to speed up the process of equipping Ghanaians with the necessary skills in the upstream oil and gas industry to make sure Ghanaians are adequately trained and get the right certification to fill roles currently being occupied by expatriates.
Source: TTU PR Office