Credit: HTU-Public Affairs
Mr. Wise Klomegah, a Principal instructor at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Ho Technical University, has been selected among eight Instructors from TVET training institutions in Ghana to undergo special training in Pipefitting in Canada.
The training is being sponsored under the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity Building (AOGC) Programme of the Petroleum Commission.
It would offer the beneficiaries drawn from four Technical Universities and two technical institutes, a 10-month intensive training at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Edmonton, Canada, for professional certifications in pipefitting under a Becoming a Master Instructor (BMI) Programme.
Ahead of their departure, the selected Instructors were taken to the Seat of Government, Jubilee House and introduced to the President on January 12, 2022.
They were led by the Minister for Energy, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh and the Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Commission, Mr. Ergbert Faibile.
According to Mr. Faibile, the beneficiaries upon completion of the training will return to introduce Pipefitting as a standalone course in their respective institutions so that Ghana can produce her own young and qualified pipefitting technicians to take over from expatriate technicians performing that role in the country’s upstream Petroleum sector.
In addition, he said, the Instructors will also train for professional certifications in Welding and Millwright/Mechanical Technicianship to strengthen their competencies in those areas to enable them teach modern trends in those areas to their students.
The Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity Building Programme (AOGC) was established in November 2017 with the intent to enhance the capacity of Ghanaians to enable them to work in the oil and Gas sector.
The five year programme, was aimed at training individuals in various technical and vocational areas; build the capacity of educational institutions to be able to train students and provide internationally recognized training certificates; provide Business and Management Training for SME and to ensure the continuous professional development of employees of various public institutions connected to the oil and gas industry.