CS urges universities to introduce courses on Oil and Gas
14 July 2016, 11:57
Nairobi - University and other institutions of learning have been challenged to introduce tailor-made courses that are relevant to the oil and gas sector.
Energy Cabinet Secretary, Charles Keter said demand for professionals in the sector will soon rise following the discovery of commercially viable oil in Turkana County and the neighboring countries.
Keter said majority of the experts who work in the oil and gas industry in the country are foreigners, and emphasized that it is time institutions introduced training that will equip learners with skills on the lucrative sector.
"With the discovery of oil in Turkana coupled with the findings in Uganda and Tanzania as well as the admission of South Sudan to the EAC, the next few years will be a golden era for those in the business of Oil and Gas in East Africa," he said at public lecture at the University of Nairobi.
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"Young people should take up courses in the University and colleges related to the sector once they are introduced," said the CS, who was the keynote Speaker at the public lecture that was jointly organized by the University and Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC).
Peter Mbithi, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi who also spoke at the same function, admitted that there is a gap in training related to the sector in the country and said higher learning institutions must move with speed to change the tide.
"Universities must rise to the occasion and start to train skilled manpower and produce research outcomes that are critical to the sustainable development of the oil and gas sector," said Prof Mbithi.
"For many years, there has been an evident lack of capacity in terms of skills and knowledge to convert the opportunities into real wealth for the benefit of our people. We must fill the gap," he added.
The Vice Chancellor announced that the University has entered into a strategic collaboration with the Kenya Pipeline Company that is geared towards providing research based information and data on the oil sector for the benefit of Kenyans.
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