Education key to oil, gas devt

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Latifah Adams

Latifah Adams

IF Nigeria intends to grow indigenous capacity to drive the oil and gas, ICT and other relevant sectors, it must focus on education of its youths today and urgently consider increased budgetary allocation to education.

This was the position of the Principal Consultant, Lonadek Oil and Gas while delivering an address at the 6th edition of the Vision 2020 Youth Empowerment Initiative in Abuja.

According to her, “Vision 2020: Youth Empowerment and Restoration Initiative” programme is borne out of a conviction of the management and staff of Lonadek Oil and Gas Consultants to fill a gap in industry awareness creation, career counseling and youth empowerment.

We at Lonadek have committed ourselves to act as agents of positive change by partnering with government, private sector, our clients, colleagues and friends to birth a new dawn of youth empowerment and restoration. Our programmes focus on excellence and innovation in Mathematics, Science and Technology and we pray that it will result in the emergence of world-class leaders in Manufacturing, Energy, ICT, Oil and Gas as well as Agro-allied industries.”

She recalled that the empowerment programme began six years ago in anticipation of the demand for increased in-country skilled human resources in the various sectors, following the passage of the Nigerian Content Act. “This initiative is designed to identify at least 100,000 successful agents of positive change by the 31st of December 2020.

We hope that these game-changers would take Nigeria to its rightful place amongst the committee’s of nations. We call on all stakeholders in “Project Nigeria” to take cognizance of the importance of the active engagement and participation of our youths in the socio-economic transformation of our great country Nigeria,”

Amao who was represented by the Project Manager, Vision 2020, Miss Latifah Adams, noted that Nigeria will be 100 years old on January 1, 2014, and 51 years of independence with over 50 years of oil discovery, there is no reason for continued poor standard of living characterized by poor infrastructure facilities.

Accordingly, she called for the adoption of “new strategies to encourage learning and development, improve literacy, aggressively empower and motivate the best teachers and career counselors, and introduce mind stimulating activities and competitions that would bring out the best in our youths.”

She added,  “We must all create time and invest more in societal transformation through the deliberate act of nurturing and developing our youth. The greatest asset a nation can have is an upright, enlightened and educated people.” She noted that the Asian and pacific nations have employed science and technology to derive maximum productivity from the use of their human and natural resources, which Nigeria can emulate.

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