The Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, has pleaded with the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote (FNSE, FIPS, FPTI), and the Acting Executive Secretary PTDF, Ahmed Galadima Aminu, to intervene more to complete abandoned skills training projects so as to engage and employ more youths.

The Petroleum Minister made the plea on Wednesday when he visited the PTDF Centre for Skills Development and Training (CSDT) in Omagwa, Rivers State to ascertain the level of work done and when the centre would be completed and be ready for use. 

Speaking during the visit, Sen. Lokpobiri thanked Engr. Simbi Wabote for his timely intervention to complete the project that was abandoned and urged the contractors to continue to work hard to get the job done, noting that any challenges faced will be addressed and resolved immediately.

He said “We can’t afford to make similar mistakes like in the past. The earlier we put our heads together and complete this project the better for us. We must find a way to set up a sustainable management structure that will keep this project so it does not run down like many other projects and initiatives.”

“This visit is important to me, that is why I am here to see things for myself and see how we can then plan the best possible way to run and manage it,” he added. 


Earlier speaking, the Executive Director of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, said the Board discovered about 250 abandoned vocational centres in Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta States with no management structure and no equip management. 

According to him, this made NCDMB to get involved and partnered with PTDF to complete and equip this training Centre to meet global standards rather than to build a new Centre from the scratch. 

Present during the visit includes the Acting Executive Secretary PTDF, Ahmed Galadima Aminu, contractors and other partners involved in the development of the training centre.

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