A team of academic and administrative heads of the Accra Polytechnic has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kinetic Development Company (KDC) in Accra.
The ceremony marked the beginning of a project that transfers technology, builds experts and prepares students for the job market within the oil and gas industry.
In a statement at the ceremony, last week, the Rector of the school, Professor Sylvestor Achio, described the project as a very laudable one which was being initiated at a time when the country was exploring gas and its components.
Prof Achio bemoaned the poor maintenance culture within industry and the country as a whole, saying it had not measured up to standard, leading to the neglect of facilities that, otherwise, would have been very beneficial to the development of the country.
He disclosed that the Accra Polytechnic was seeking to expand its source of energy to include solar energy, especially at a time when the country was facing energy challenges.
Giving an overview of the project, the Chief Executive Officer of KDC, Mr. Kwame Tuffour, explained that the project was kick-started with the signing of a partnership agreement between KDC and their German counterparts who produced steel pipes for the Oil and Gas sector. “We sought to take advantage of the fact that they are world leaders in the production of such products, and based on their local requirements, do something we call technology transfer,” Mr Tuffour said.
He said the technology transfer in reference would equip young Ghanaians with the prerequisite knowledge in order to access a share of the reward that the energy sector had to offer.
He said the training would be linked to the school of engineering in order for interested students to engage in a 3 – 6 months intensive training that would give them international certification, in addition to their diplomas, that would expand their prospects within the professional environment.
In an interview, the Project Director for KDC, Eric Pappoe, said KDC’s links with Accra Polytechnic started after their first collaboration with the institution last year to implement the Educational Trail Project which aimed to build the capacity of students in solar energy and how it worked. “So when we had this idea of technology transfer, it was natural for us to come back to the people we know and they welcomed the whole idea,” Mr Pappoe added.
He said the project would engage students in five courses that covered several sectors in order to build expertise in pipe maintenance.
He added that the project would also provide local content for the Oil and Gas industry which would, otherwise, have been taken up by foreign markets.
Source: ISD (Naa Palm & Linda Okyere)