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A $1.6 million welder-training center has been inaugurated by the Transport minister, Fifi Kwetey over the weekend to boost the oil industry in Ghana.

“Oil services provider, MODEC in collaboration with Tullow Ghana constructed the center to equip local artisans with the requisite professional skills and certification for developing the oil and gas industry,” Joy Business reports.

The facility, the first of its kind in Ghana is located on the campus of the Regional Maritime University in Accra.

Transport Minister, Fifi Kwetey extolled the initiative as timely for the growth of the oil and gas industry in Ghana.

“With the coming on-stream of the 10 fields, it is cost strategic that MODEC and Tullow Ghana chose to focus on training in vocational skills. We can now produce the specialized skills that meet international requirements for the use of the many contractors involved in development, production and management of the fields. This is the area where the oil contractors are likely to employ a larger majority of man-hours and indeed with the effectiveness of the local content and participation would be greatly imparted” Fifi Kwetey said.

This initiative will bridge the gap in the required skills-set needed to grow the petroleum industry by training more local artisans rather than outsourcing foreign artisans.

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