THE training programme conducted at the National Skills Centre at Brechin Castle, Couva, came in for loud praise yesterday from Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of Nigeria, while speaking at a reception and tour of the facilities.
In his address, the president said, "The training programme is helping to produce national heroes for the expansion of Nigeria's oil and gas industry and we are very thankful for whatever assistance the Ministry of Tertiary and Skills Training can assist in a brotherly fashion."
Speaking directly to the students who attended the function, Jonathan said, "This is an excellent opportunity for you to acquire knowledge from people who have years of experience in the industry. Do your best while on training and return to Nigeria as heroes of the industry."
The Nigerian leader, who arrived in the country on Tuesday, spoke about the expansion of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, which is currently providing opportunities for locals to manage the industry.
On his tour of the booths mounted by the Ministry, Jonathan paused to speak to the steelband players who were on hand to provide entertainment.
He also unveiled a plaque at the centre which marked his visit to the institution.
Senator Fazal Karim, in his address, told the visiting Nigerian delegation he was looking forward to the start of similar training programmes in Nigeria which will be called the Tringeria Partnership.
Karim said the training programme started just over one year ago and already 85 students have graduated in engineering skills and 43 students are expected to arrive before the end of the year.
"We have achieved much during the 50 years of our Independence, but we still have a lot to do, including the strengthening of the partnership between Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago," he told the audience.