The University of Nairobi will take the leading role in the training of man-power for the oil and gas exploration. This was revealed when Mrs. Nancy Karigithu, the Permanent Secretary, Shipping and Maritime Affair, paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi at the Council Chambers today, May, 17, 2016.
Together with other partner institutions like the Maritime Authority, Kenyan National Youth Service and National Oil Corporation, the University will be expected to produce engineers that will help in the oil and gas exploration.
The National Oil, CEO Ms Sumayya Hassan-Athmani, noted that students taking research in their bachelors or masters programs should carry out research oriented projects that actually solve the challenges faced in the field. This she noted will go a long way in helping students gain hands on skills. She noted that National Oil Corporation, NOCK, need other skills as well like Lubricant technicians, LPG technicians among others. She revealed that soon, they will set up a petroleum training hub.
Speaking on behalf of NYS Director, Prof. Mulaa noted that the team need to work to create jobs for the young people. As of today, the NYS has increased its intake from 5,000 to 20,000 students per year. He noted that the training should be geared towards utilizing the land and sea resources.
It was proposed that a Graduate Academy should be set up, to train other skills like; Ship Design, Nautical Science, Shipping and Logistics, Products and System Design among others. The graduate academy will be modelled like other academies for example, IBM Academy.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi noted that the University management will fully support the initiative. To help with easy flow of communication, a technical committee was proposed, with a full secretariat.
The meeting was also attended by Prof. Henry Mutoro, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Bernard Aduda, Principal, College of Biological and Physical Sciences. Others present during the meeting include: Mr. John Orindi, Director, Corporate Communications, Mr. Johnson Kinyua, Director, University Advancement, Mr. Ibrahim Otieno, Director, ICTC among others.