The gas academy will train and conduct research into oil, gas technology and related matter…
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, on Wednesday, signed into law, a bill establishing the Bauchi state Oil and Gas Academy, Alkaleri, and two other bills.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the other bills the governor signed into law are the Conservation, and the repeal of a 2017 bill on the state Investment Promotion Agency.
Signing the bills, Mr Mohammed said that the state government, in collaboration with the federal government, and other bodies, decided to establish the institution to provide human capital that would fuels oil and gas exploration and exportation in Nigeria.
“We are signing three bills which the executive sent to the state House of Assembly for the betterment of Nigeria, and of Bauchi State particularly.
“One is a law establishing the Bauchi Oil and Gas Academy, Alkaleri, to provide for courses of instruction, research and training in oil and gas technology and other matters related to that.
“This government collectively decided to establish this institution in conjunction with other federal and international bodies, so that we can provide human capital in the areas of welding, bricklaying and other technical skilled manpower that will fuel the oil and gas exploration and exportation in Alkaleri and in Nigeria.
“In the meantime, we are going to start the programmes in our own Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP), Bauchi,” Mr Mohammed said.
Speaking on the repealed law on investment, Mr Mohammed said “we found the Bauchi State Investment Promotion Agency bill, 2017 to be in conflict with the earlier agency, Bauchi State Investment, which we believe was a duplication and of course wasteful.
“We worked with the state Assembly and they agreed that all their functions can be harmonised, there was no need for proliferating so many agencies causing cost and then impinging on the ease of doing business.