By Aishat Salihu
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has approved the establishment of Petroleum Studies and Skills Acquisition Institute in Alkaleri local government area of the state.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Dr Ladan Salihu, Spokesperson to the governor.
It stated that the institute would be sited in Kalmani village in Alkaleri Local Government Area, where President Muhammadu Buhari had launched drilling of petroleum resources.
Salihu in the statement, said that the institute would train and produce the requisite professionals that would serve in the oil industry adding that the institute would also teach relevant skills to supports various aspects of infrastructure development in the state.
“The institute will be established with support from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, (ATBU) Bauchi.
“Bauchi State University, Gadau and Federal University of Petroleum, Effurun, Delta, will also lend their support toward establishing the institute”, the spokesperson said.
He further noted that decision to establish the institute followed discussions between the state governor and officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Tertiary Education Fund (TETfund).