Afren/Oriental Energy revamps Petroleum Engineering course in UNIUYO
 
By Joseph BAMIDELE

LAGOS-Afren Nigeria and Oriental Energy Resources in a Joint Venture recently assisted the Department of Petroleum Engineering in University of Uyo to fully secure her re-accreditation from the Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Department of the university lost its full accreditation from the National Universities Commission in 2008 due to a lack of educational infrastructures required to sustain accreditation.
However, Afren representatives, led by Chairman Egbert Imomoh, entered into discussions with the University’s representatives in January, 2010 in order to identify a programme through which the company could contribute to the revitalisation of the Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Department.
Following a series of meetings between Afren and Oriental senior management and the University of Uyo’s leadership, a decision was reached to commission Professor Ekwere Peters of the University of Texas in the United States of America to produce a detailed plan on the actions required to return the Department to its rightful status.
This report formed the basis of the programme of work driven by Afren and Oriental at the University and has included the provision of laboratory equipment,   scientific journals and textbooks.
The Department, after going through the compulsory inspections carried out by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) respectively, full accreditation status was granted by both bodies (NUC 2010 – 2015, COREN 2012 – 2017).
Speaking at the ceremony in Lagos Afren Chairman Egbert Imomoh said: “Afren was founded in order to bridge the gap that faces indigenous companies seeking to achieve production in the upstream sector.
“One of the core challenges faced by local companies is the lack of a large skilled pool of petroleum engineers and this initiative is designed to revitalise the Department of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering and re-establish it as a facility that can train the next generation of Nigerian engineers.
“In an area of Nigeria so rich in petroleum resources, it is vital that efforts are made to bolster students in that area’s access to quality education and opportunities, and we are proud to be playing a part in making that hope a reality.”
Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Chairman of Oriental, stated further that ‘I am delighted at the re-accreditation of the department and we are strongly committed to the communities in which we operate in.
Together with our partner, Afren Nigeria, we will continue to work towards achieving our overall aim of a people-centered culture which enhances the conditions necessary for technical and business excellence”.
Speaking on behalf of the University Vice Chancellor and Head of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, the chairman of the University of Uyo Afren oil Collaboration committee, Prof. Aniedi O. Ette said:
“Nigeria has a proud history of educational achievement and we are grateful for the support Afren and Oriental have provided to support our successful efforts to return the Department of Petroleum Engineering to its rightful position and status.
We have a vision to train the next generation of oil and gas professionals and today marks a major step in our journey towards achieving this. We encourage other companies to emulate Afren’s example.”
Afren and Oriental have a long term commitment to further develop the capacity of Nigerian universities to build the capabilities required to create a new generation of local talent capable of operating and driving growth in the oil and gas sector.

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