The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Peiyang Chemical Equipment Company (PCC) in China.
The MoU is on modular refinery which has earned the state a chemical engineering programme.
The programme will be run in collaboration with the Tianjin University, China, one of the oldest institutions in the Asian country.
Hub for fabrication
Governor Obaseki said: “We are excited about the Modular Refinery project and the project is going to transform the state’s economy and position us as a hub for fabrication of refinery parts with the setting up of fabrication yard to groom local capacity in that sector.’’
According to Governor Obaseki, “the university programme is an added benefit to the modular refinery deal which final investment agreement was signed few days ago in Beijing.”
“The programme will build technical manpower for the oil and gas industry in line with the Nigerian government’s policy on local capacity development in the sector. The idea is to develop technical manpower and set industry standards in the oil and gas sector,” he explained.
Productive mind set
Governor Obaseki stated that Edo State has lots of youths who have productive and creative mind set and would make use of the opportunity that the chemical engineering programme would provide.
“Our young people will benefit from the world class programme of Tianjin University. Our goal is to equip more of our youths to participate in the new social and economic order we are creating in the state that will run on a solid industrial base. The social and economic opportunities we are providing across the state are increasing by the day and we want to prepare our young ones for the various industries,” the Governor said.
Before departing Benin City for China, Governor Obaseki had approved the release of N700 million for the modular refinery project as part of its contribution to the project.
Tianjin University is the oldest institution of higher education in the modern history of China and the leading research and teaching institute.
The university was founded in 1895 as Peiyang University. Tianjin University’s 121-year history is the epitome of the progress of modern Chinese higher education, embodying the Chinese people’s indomitability through challenging times.
During its growth spanning three centuries, the university has been a pioneer in several fields, from the first aero engine in China to the first hydraulics laboratory established in China.