Academics, Professionals Must Partner to Tackle Nigeria’s Oil, Gas Challenges – Baru

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Kachalla Baru has tasked the Nigerian Society of Engineers to explore ways of collaboration with engineering professionals in the oil and gas industry and the academia with a view to providing lasting solutions to some of the challenges bedevilling the industry.

He spoke when he received Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, President Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in his office in Abuja.

He noted that the NSE has over the years, continued to play a pivotal role in transforming the engineering profession in Nigeria.

The NNPC GMD also said the corporation would continue to identify with NSE’s resolve to groom professional engineers as well as promote and entrench engineering excellence in the country.

He explained that this role has become crucial due to the increasing need for a sustainable and secure energy mix that would support the nation’s quest for economic prosperity and growth.

“It gladdens my heart to see that NSE has remained at the forefront of providing the right direction and the necessary professional support towards catalysing sustainable energy growth in Nigeria since 1958”, he said

He explained that the visit was part of the corporation’s strategic stakeholder engagement with professional bodies with which the corporation shares common goals of championing Nigeria’s march towards strengthening professionalism, capacity development, local content and industrialisation.

Earlier in his remarks, President of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engineer Adekunle Mokuolu, commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for its exemplary role in the advocacy of science and engineering-based education for the girl child through support for the activities of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN).

He disclosed that by identifying with APWEN in its quest to engender a sound foundation for female engineering professionals in the country, the corporation was taking a step that would invariably illuminate the nation’s engineering and technological landscape a few years from now.

Engr. Mokuolu commended the NNPC GMD whom he described as a worthy first-class ambassador of the engineering profession, saying Baru was not just a first-class scholar but also a worthy administrator.

Source: Daily Independent

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