The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Mr Nikhil Seth visited PTDF Corporate office to seek for increased Partnership with PTDF in the area of training young Nigerians in the core areas of Petroleum, Marine and Sub-sea Engineering in Norway.

PTDF through a unique partnership agreement with UNITAR is sponsoring the training of 38 Nigerians in Norwegian universities with the expectation that UNITAR will facilitate internship and job placement opportunities for the students on graduation.

The UN Assistant Secretary General who was accompanied by other officials of the UN/UNITAR disclosed that, he was at the Acting Executive Secretary’s office to smoothen the first phase of their training collaboration with the Fund and find means of extending the programme.

The UN scribe pledged to also collaborate with PTDF in the in-country training of Nigerians in Technical and Vocational skills needed across the value chain of Nigerian’s energy sector.

Acting Executive Secretary, Aminu Ahmed Galadima thanked the United Nation’s Assistant Secretary- General and his team for the visit and expressed satisfaction with the report of excellent academic performance of young Nigerian scholars currently studying in Norway in core areas of Petroleum, Marine and Sub-Sea Engineering under the PTDF/UNITAR joint collaboration. He expressed confidence that the UN body will place them on internship during vacation this summer and eventually secure employment for them with oil companies in line with the agreement signed between the Fund and UNITAR.

Mr Galadima urged the United Nations to support the Fund in the realization of its core mandate of providing indigenous manpower for the oil and gas industry, and in the realization of its new thinking tailored towards meeting this government’s economic growth prospects and proffering solutions to the present and anticipated challenges in oil and gas industry through human capital development.