The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, has said the board is partnering with PTDF to complete and equip the PTDF Centre for Skills Development and Training (CSDT) in Omagwa, Rivers State, so as to meet global standards rather than to build a new Centre from the scratch. 

Engr. Wabote stated this on Wednesday when he accompanied the Honorable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources (Oil), Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, to visit the facility in Omagwa, Rivers State, to ascertain the level of work done and when the centre would be completed and put to use. 

Briefing the Minister of Petroleum Resources (state) during the visit, the NCDMB Chief Executive said “the Board discovered about 250 abandoned vocational centres in Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta States with no management structure and no equip management.”

Engr. Wabote equally highlighted the progress of the work and outlined the importance of the training Centre when it is completed and how it will benefit thousands of youths. 

In his repsponse, the Minister of Petroleum Resources (state), Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, thanked Engr. Simbi Wabote for his timely intervention to complete the project and pleaded that similar abandoned projects are given attention so as to engage, train and employ many Nigerians. 


He further 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.”

 He urged the contractors to continue to work hard to get the job done, noting that any challenges faced will be addressed and resolved immediately.

“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.

Also 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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