13 February 2011

Nigeria: NAPE Tackles Decline in Geo-Science Studies

Worried by the drop in the study of geo-sciences in Nigeria's institutions of higher learning, the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, NAPE, is providing a platform for assessing ways to not only to arrest the decline, but also enhance graduate performance in the field.

The President of NAPE, Mr. Jide Ojo, in a discussion with journalists in Lagos, said the association's University-assisted programme, tagged, 11th NAPE-UAE Leadership Forum, holding between February 18 and 20, in Lagos, will examine how the lack of skill in this field of study is affecting the future of the oil and gas industry.

Furthermore, he said, AIt (forum) provides us the platform to examine how significantly skills or a lack thereof, can affect the ability of the geo-sciences graduate to secure gainful employment.

He also explained that the theme of the conference: Skills Impacting Employability of Recent Geo-science Graduates from Nigerian Universities, Awas chosen to gather ideas and strategies from both academia and the industry on ways to arrest the decline in the performance of geosciences graduates from Nigerian universities competing for employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry.

Accordingly, he said the leadership forum will highlight a number of practical initiatives for industry-academia knowledge and skills transfer. These include opportunities for sabbatical assignment, development of a Geo-science Centre of Learning, seismic acquisition opportunity for internship, and authorizing data release for student research and a host of others.

Also speaking, the Chairman, NAPE-UAP, Mr. Wasiu Odufisan, said the forum provides an avenue for knowledge and experience sharing among the industry, government, and academia to jointly develop a working strategy to enhance geo-science education in Nigeria.

He listed the successes of the UAP to include improving the falling standard of education through intervention programmes and award of financial grants of up to N100,000; donation of equipment , books among others for teaching and research work in about 37 universities, while also collaborating with the National Universities Commission, NUC and the Petroleum Trust Development Fund, PTDF, in the area of professional training.

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