The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) have forged a partnership that will link the oil and gas industry with the university system so that both sectors can improve the operations of the other for the benefit of the Nigerian economy.
The management of the two agencies agreed to this initiative tagged Adopt A Faculty (AAFac) Program at a recent meeting in Abuja and set up a joint committee to develop a detailed action plan within four weeks.
Speaking at the meeting, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr. Denzil Kentebe described the AAFac Programme as a capacity development initiative of the Board intended to use academic institutions as a catalyst for local content development.
According to him, the program aims to facilitate partnerships between the academia and the oil and gas industry so as to align the university curriculum to industry technology and skill requirements to enable them train their students in courses and programmes relevant to the needs of the industry.
Executive Secretary listed other goals of the programme to include developing a culture for applied research, stimulating commercialization of research findings from Nigerian academic institutions.