Only 809 of the 7,666 who applied to the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), in Effurun, Delta State were admitted. The Acting Principal/Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Nnnena Dennar said at the matriculation that the students deserved kudos for being among the lucky ones.
She said: “The selection process, which made it possible for you to be admitted, was vigorous and transparent; this is to ensure that the best candidates were admitted.”
She advised them to be focused and hardworking in order to achieve their dream.
She said: “Today, you are keeping date with history as the matriculation oath taking makes you bonafide students of this great institute. The oath taking should be taken seriously, as the consequences of its breach could be monumental to any offender.”
She also said the institute was established by Act No. 37 of September 19, 1972, and was amended by Act No. 52 of January 1, 1975 provides training and research in oil technology and produces technologists and technicians and other skilled personnel required for the oil industry, among others.
“Since inception, 41 years ago, the institute has been a hub of petroleum expertise with a reputation for providing high quality technical education and research in petroleum related disciplines. It has to develop competent technical manpower that is driving oil and gas sector in the country. I am glad to say that PTI is a household name in the oil industry, as there is no oil company that does not have PTI graduates in its employment. You are, therefore, expected to maintain the high academic standard set by your predecessors.”
She said the institute is well-equipped with professionals and state-of- the-art equipment that are second to none in the sub Saharan Africa to develop its students.
“You must, therefore, pride yourself very high above students from other higher institutions. For the institute to be at the cutting edge of technology, the academic standards are raised. From 2014/2015 academic session, the minimum entry qualifications for admission into the institute will be five O’level credits, including English language and Mathematics.
“With this development, prospective students will be required to meet the minimum requirements for admission into this great institute.”
, “Success does not come by wishing and hoping but hard work, smart work and enthusiasm.”
She added: “You must work very hard to attain it and avoid any social vices that could dash your dream. Management is poised to provide a conducive learning environment for you to excel in your chosen career. It now behooves on you to make wise use of the available opportunities.”
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