Experts in the Uganda oil and gas arena believe the time is now for people intending to work in the nascent industry to train and get the right skills needed to work in sensitive natural resources sector.
Victoria University which recently signed a long term agreement with Coventry University from United Kingdom to train Ugandans working in the oil and gas industry has reiterated their commitment to facilitate and pass on skills to Ugandans intending to work in industry.
The University through the Department of Petroleum and Gas Studies under the faculty of Business and Management has continued to train and pass out graduates who are excelling in the oil and gas industry.
The University located at Jinja Road in Kampala City offers a Bachelor of Science in Oil & Gas Accounting and numerous certificate courses.
These include Certificate in Oil and Gas Management, Certificate in Oil and Gas Law, Certificate in Oil and Gas Project Management, Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Management and Certificate in Oil and Gas Supply Chain Management.
“We started the program in 2015 to add to some of the programs that we have as a business faculty. We are given mandate to run some courses like business administration, banking and finance, procurement, tourism, international business and Bachelor of Science in oil and gas accounting,” Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi, the Dean Faculty of Business and Management at Victoria University said in an exclusive interview.
He added: “Our students are doing well. Some of them will be graduating this June. We have some who have already enrolled for the course. Apart from the bachelor’s course, we also have many people graduating with certificates in oil and gas related courses.
Some of them have their own businesses but have interest in oil and gas. Many of them come for the short courses of three months. At the end of the day we give certificate of achievement.
We have different topics that we cover in the certificate courses ranging from petroleum information, exploration and health, safety and environment. Oil and gas is characterized by risk of pollution so we train our students on how to take care of their health and safety and environment management in oil and gas. We teach them about petroleum management, petroleum economics and monitoring and evaluation.
Oil and gas is source of income to government. We have a lot of opportunities in oil and gas industry so I am appealing to people to come and take part in the courses we have designed, the faculty dean explained.