Nigerian Delta State to send refinery workers abroad for training

Oct 22, 2007 02:00 AM

Nigeria's south-eastern Delta State government said it would soon send 250 indigenous refinery workers abroad for one year of training, ahead of the launch of its refinery.
Chief Wellington Okrika, the chairman of the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, made the statement in Uyo, Delta.

He explained that the training would create opportunity for indigenes of the state to manage the project.
"The investors for the proposed refinery will help us to train 250 of our indigenes in the US and Malaysia for one year," he said. According to him, this is to "equip them with basic skills for the operations and managing of the proposed refinery."

The chairman said the government would also establish a gas gathering and processing plant in the state to utilize gas currently flared by oil companies. He said the aim was to create employment for indigenes to enable them to take part in the operations and management of oil resources in the area, currently dominated by foreigners.
"Some of the youths we call militants are second-degree holders, very intelligent and given the right environment, could even do better than the expatriates," he said.

Source / Xinhua News Agency
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