The Governor of Delta State Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has assured Deltans that his administration is commitment towards redirecting the curriculum of educational system and thinking of graduates from job seekers to becoming entrepreneurs.
He gave the assurance while delivering a goodwill message at the convocation ceremony of Nigeria’s foremost Institute of Petroleum Technology (PTI) at Effurun on Saturday.
Governor Okowa was represented by the honourable commissioner for Oil and Gas, Delta State, Prince Emman Ambgaduba.
Amgbaduba noted that development of any society comes from only healthy and developed mind and therefore urged all stakeholders in the education sector to collaborate to train the youths and get them off the streets, saying that ” a stable and peaceful society is a major boost to Nigeria economy”
While congratulating the graduands, the governor enjoined them to put the skills they acquired from the institution into judicious use rather than hopping on elusive white collar jobs or depending on the ”new but disturbing get rich quick syndrome”
He also told them that ” Success comes to those who work hard and wait, avail yourselves of opportunities offered by programmes such as the Delta State micro- credit scheme and other entrepreneurial programmes which are provided by government and organizations across the country. ” He advised.
While acknowledging that the full value chain of the petroleum is yet to be exploited, the governor ”challenged the Petroleum Training Institute to engage in research that will assist the oil and gas industry to achieve its potentials through value added finish products .”
He emphasized the readiness of his administration to collaborate with the institute to achieve its mission and vision, which according to him are in the best interest of the state and country.
The Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva was represented by the Acting Permanent secretary of the ministry of Petroleum Resources, Engr. Kamaru Busari on the convocation ceremony.