Bauchi Oil and Gas Academy (BOGAA) management in a group Photograph at Induction of 1st Batch Pioneer students. Photo credit; Abubakar Baba Ahmad
By Abubakar Baba Ahmad.
The Bauchi State Government says it will soon commence construction of the Permanent Site of the State Oil and Gas Academy Alkaleri, BOGAA to leverage on existing opportunities in the industry.
The State Commissioner of Natural Resources Mohammed Bello stated this in message to the induction of the first batch trainees of the Academy held at Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, ATAP Bauchi.
Mohammed Bello who said Governor Bala Muhammed has included construction of the permanent site in this year’s budget, noted that the move would guarantee opportunities to indigent skilled workers when oil exploration resumes at the Kolmani oil field.
He commended the present administration for slashing school fees by fifty percent and ordering local government areas of the state to sponsor ten students each, with forty from Bauchi and twenty from Alkaleri.
Earlier, the Rector BOGAA, Dr Ahmad Yero said the training seeks to expose the newly admitted students to rudiments and practical aspect of their studies in line with the National Skills Qualification NSQ.
Dr Ahmad Yero further disclosed that the academy registered 386 as first batch trainees out of the over eight hundred students admitted for the National Innovative Diploma NID, in Electrical and Electronics, Telecommunication Technology, Computer Software Engineering, Welding and Fabrication, Solar Technology among others.
He said the academy had already scouted for master trainers in highly skilled areas where they can acquire the knowledge to include GSM repairs, welding and fabrication, building construction and woodwork.
“After they have finished their training, we are going to approach the professional bodies of each trade. We have the COBON, the International Welding and the rest, we are going to send their names for registration. They will come and sit for the examination and they will be given their professional certification. Definitely once our students have this certificate outside Nigeria, this certificate is recognised”, Dr Yero assures.
In a goodwill message, the Rector Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi Dr Hashim Sabo represented by Dr Yusuf Abarshi who said the academy is an opportunity for indigent students to join the oil and gas industry, urged the students to pay attention towards developing unmatched skills in the sector.
In their separate remarks, the Registrar of the Academy Malam Muhammad Sani and Deputy Director Institute for Skilled Development and Vocational Training Federal Polytechnic Bauchi Dr Ibrahim Ebenehi advised the students to pay attention to the instructors and read all guiding documents to succeed.
In an interview with Radio Nigeria, some of the admitted students Abdulsalam Abubakar, Sushi Jeremiah, Zakariah Dandadi, Hauwa’u Sani, Inuwa Adamu and Sadiq Galadima promised to study hard and contribute to the development of the state.