Six Nigerian Universities have received high-tech seismic software worth N368.4 million to enhance the training they give to undergraduate students and operators in the oil and gas sector.
According to findings by schoolworld, the universities also received geo-science workstations that were donated by international oil companies for the training of students and stakeholders in the oil sector.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote, while speaking in Abuja at an event organised by the Board in partnership Danvic Nigeria Limited for the training of Universities lecturers on OpendTect seismic interpretation software, stated that the use of the software and workstations would significantly improve the skills of stakeholders in the country’s oil sector.
According to Wabote, the six universities that received the software free of charge, include Niger Delta University; Federal University of Technology, Owerri; Federal University of Technology, Minna; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Federal University of Technology, Akure; and University of Maiduguri, Brono State.
The NCDBM boss noted that the geo-science workstations were provided for the universities by ExxonMobil, South Atlantic Pretroleum, Sapetro and Chevron.
“We will continue to partner with Danvic Petroleum and her overseas partner, DGB Earth Sciences, Netherlands. We are indeed pleased thet DGB Earth Sciences provided the OpendTect seismic interpretation software free of charge.
“The software is worthwhile emphasising that the cost of this software for the six universities amount to over USD1.2m,” Wabote explained.
He also disclosed the NCDMB was sponsoring the training of eighteen university lecturers on the use of the software, as part of support for improving education in the area of geosciences study.
The Managing Director of Danvic Petroleum, Mayowa Afe, explained that the decision to train the lecturers was because the knowledge of the software would lead to the enhancement of the training of students in geology and geophysics.