The Minister of Petroleum Resources (State), Timipre Sylva has said Nigeria is currently producing about 1.3million barrels of crude oil per day.
The minister, who was represented by a Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Nasiru Gwazo, disclosed this during an address he presented at the just-concluded 2021 convocation ceremony of the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
He said,”The ministry is putting all concerted efforts to meet the current OPEC quota.
“Another is the approval by the Federal Executive Council for the comprehensive rehabilitation of all the refineries in Nigeria.
“We have started with the Port-Harcourt Refinery and Petrochemical Company, and we are swiftly on the course to rehabilitate the Warri and Kaduna refineries.
“Equally important, the recent passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill now Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) is a watershed moment for Nigeria. The Act provides legal, governance, regulatory and fiscal firework for the Nigerian Petroleum Industry, the development of host communities, and other related matters.
“The President has also approved the constitution of a steering committee to oversee the process of implementation of the PIA. On this note, the implementation committee will ensure that the PTI is saddled with the responsibility of human capacity development in the Oil and Gas sector in Nigeria.”
In an address, the Delta State Governor, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa said education remains free and compulsory in Delta State from primary to secondary levels.
Governor Okowa, who was represented by the Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare said, “every student of Delta State origin is entitled to access our bursary scheme which cuts across all tertiary institutions in the state.”
He said,”We also ensure that our students study under the most conducive environment. We have employed quality teachers for our public schools, our beliefs being that public schools should be funded properly and education received in public schools should be of the sane standard with that received in private schools.”
On his part, the Principal and Chief Executive of the Petroleum Training Institute, H.A. Adimula, disclosed that a total of two 2,297 students have graduated from the Petroleum Training Institute,PTI, Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
He said,”The graduands are for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic session.”
Adimula added the graduates will receive the institute’s prestigious diplomas and certificates.
According to him, “Out of this number,1,408 will be awarded National Diplomas, 1,153 graduands will be awarded Higher National Diplomas while 16 graduates will receive the PTI general welding certificates.
“I am enthused to inform you that 161 students graduated with distinctions while 810 students graduated with upper credit grades.”