African University to Train 12 Petroleum Engineers
The Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA) has informed the Government of Sierra Leone that the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Hon. Minister of State Foreign Affairs Dr. Aliyu Idi Hong has approved the funding of a capacity building for twelve Sierra Leonean Post Graduate Students in Petroleum Engineering at the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) Abuja from the Nigerian Technical Cooperation Fund (NTCF) domiciled at the African Development Bank in Tunis, Tunisia.
On the 19th March,2010, the Sierra Leone High Commission in the Federal Republic of Nigeria requested an intervention by the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA) headed by Director General, Engineer Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi FNSE in funding the project “Capacity Building For Twenty (20) Sierra Leonean Post Graduate Students in Petroleum Engineering” for strategic senior management roles in the energy , Oil and Gas Industry in Sierra Leone, and thereafter to train the mid-level manpower required by Sierra Leone to attain its vision 2020.
According to DTCA, after a joint evaluation by the Technical Committees of the African Development Bank (AFDP) and the Directorate as well as series of informal consultations between the Committees, the committees recommended the sponsorship of twelve (12) Sierra Leonean Post Graduate Students in Petroleum Engineering at the cost of Two Hundred and Four Thousand United States Dollars ($204,000).
Accordingly, the twelve students are to be trained in four batches of three students per batch for the Masters Degree program at the University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja.
Early last year 2010, the headship of the Sierra Leone High Commission allotted the responsibility to First Secretary Rakie Macarthy and Information Attaché Pasco Gerald Temple to come up with a project proposal for the project, which was successfully done: hence the result.
Pasco Gerald Temple, Information Attache, Sierra Leone High Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
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