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Petroleum executives in Nigeria to benefit from Africa’s first training programme

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The African Energy Chamber is collaborating with the Institute for Petroleum Development at the University Texas at Austin, to develop local skills and capacities across Africa’s energy value chain.

This will comprise a comprehensive international training programme from the University of Austin, which starts in to Cape Town, October 14th.

Registered participants represent companies operating in Algeria, Angola Cameroon, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Namibia, Gabon, Ghana, Libya, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan.

The International Petroleum Management Programme (IPMP) is an industry reference and has been specially designed for leaders of international oil companies, the national oil companies, services companies, law firms and government agencies in addition to individuals with a background in engineering, economics, geology, finance, law, accounting and corporate planning.

It is based on the internationally renowned course delivered by Krishan A. Malik, adjunct professor in the Department Of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas at Austin. The course is a result of over three decades of experience and training, which has been delivered to over 250 chief executive officers and leaders of national and international oil companies, government officials, private and public institutions from the four corners of the globe.

“The oil and gas industry is the backbone of most African economies and will continue to be for a long time. While we keep working with all players to unleash the full benefit of oil to Africans, training and developing executives is key as preparation prevents frustration. We have an obligation to develop African executives to be competitive with their international counterparts. This is a global industry. As the voice of the African energy sector, it is natural that we lead on this,” said Nj Ayuk, executive chairman at the Chamber and CEO of the Centurion Law Group.

The training programme will offer a unique opportunity for African executives and dealmakers to receive training of high quality and international standard, which will ultimately benefit African exploration and production companies, governments and countries in building a robust hydrocarbons sector.

Alumni of this programme have had distinguished careers with ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, China National Offshore Oil Corp, Egyptian General Petroleum Corp, Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Gazprom, Petrobras, Petronas, National Enterprise for Hydrocarbons (Mozambique), National Oil Corporation of Kenya, Anadarko among others.

“Given the exclusive opportunity of presenting this programme on the African continent for the first time, it is all-natural that Centurion would be a legal partner of this initiative,” said Glenda Irvine-Smith, director of Business Development and International Relations at the Centurion Law Group. “As a firm, we are committed to domestic capacity building and the training of the next generation of African lawyers and leaders. The IPMP is a unique opportunity offered to young African leaders and we are delighted to be part of it.”

The training programme will offer a unique opportunity for African executives and dealmakers to receive training of high quality and international standard.