Oil firm to employ best students from UNN, FUTO, others

By Patrick Egwu in Enugu

(Nsukka, Nigeria) The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of OILSERV Ltd Group of Companies, a multi-national oil and gas company, Engr Emeka Okwuosa, has pledged his company’s resolve to continue with the engagement and subsequent employment of Engineering students from tertiary institutions in the country.

Engr Okwuosa, who was represented by the General Manager, Project, of the firm Engr. Chigozie Obi, made this know at the 2nd International African Conference on Nanotechnology held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said that the firm believe in the idea of catching and training them young to better equip them for future tasks ahead in the manufacturing and oil and gas sector.

The programme which is designed for final year students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) and the University of Portharcourt (UNIPORT), trains students for one year after graduation from the university and immediately employs and deploys them as full staff of the company after their mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

According to him, “The programmes are two types; one is for technicians who have their O’Level or SSCE certificate or whatever qualification. We train them for one year and retain them. Then we have for the young engineering graduates where we go to UNN, FUTO and UNIPORT to organize interviews for their final year students and get the best successful candidates to train them. Then after their NYSC, they are employed and deployed to work in different departments in our company. Our other companies where these graduates can be deployed to include; FRAZIMEX, FRAZPOWER, FRAZOIL, Ekcel Farms Ltd and Crown Energy Resources Ltd. So that’s something that is on a regular offering by OILSERV, of growing talent that will sustain the industry because you need to have a succession strategy whereby you get younger ones trained and equip them so that when it is their turn to take over, they will seamlessly take over”, he maintained.

He however said that the engagement and employment programme is for students in the catchment area of operation of the company but that in the nearest future, the company will expand it to universities in other states of the country.

“We will expand it but for now, we are within our catchment areas of Enugu, Imo and Portharcourt and as time goes on, we will add more and include more states as this will create room for other fresh graduates to benefit from the programme”, he said.

The engagement and employment programme which started in 2013, has engaged many engineering graduates and technicians in the OILSERV Group of companies.
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