The Minister of Petroleum Emmanuel Kofi Buah, has advocated the establishment of School of Petroleum Studies at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) to produce skilled graduates to work in the pertroleum sector.
He said the establishment of such school would place it strategically within the national framework for capacity building to carry out skills training for Ghanaians in the petroleum sector, to fulfil the country’s policy for local content and participation in petroleum related activities.
Commending the university for making strides to train mining, petroleum engineers and other professionals in related engineering disciplines in spite of the infrastructural challenges, the Minister pledged his commitment to the realisation of setting up the new school.
He made these remarks at the 8th Congregation ceremony of the University.
The congregation saw 458 graduands receiving various degrees, including four Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (PhD), 40 Master of Science Degrees in different engineering programmes of study, 20 diploma certificates and one certificate in English Language.
Mr. Buah said efforts were being made by his outfit and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to implement the government’s pledge of transforming the Petroleum Engineering Department into a school with a start-up support of GH¢2 million.
Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, commended the University’s administration for the continued application of best standards in academic programme delivery, resulting in high progress made in the field of research.
She noted that the ministry would continue to support the university to use research to solve the country’s problems.
Reporting on the state of UMaT, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Jerry Samuel Yaw Kuma, said the specialised institution in engineering had designed programmes to ensure balance between theory and practical exercises in the laboratories and field.
This, he said was the reason for achievements chalked by both the institution and students, including winning best oil and gas tertiary institution at the 2nd Oil and Gas Awards last year, and one student emerging victorious in the maiden edition of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana Competition.
Prof. Kuma impressed upon the ministers to help UMaT access the remainder of the government’s pledge of GH¢100 million from the Mineral Development Fund for the development of the University’s infrastructure and to aid in its transformation into a Centre of Excellence.
By Times Reporter