Papua New Guinea needs more specialist workers in the Oil and Gas sector.
Public Enterprise and State Investment Minister, William Duma, said Papua New Guinea must create more opportunities for nationals, as more projects will be developed in the country.
Minister Duma made this statement while witnessing the presentation of K4.5 million to the Kumul Petroleum Academy today in Port Moresby.
The K4.5 million funding is for the first batch of students who will undergo 24 months of training at the State-of –the-Art training facility at Idubada near Port Moresby.
Exxon Mobil is sponsoring this first batch of 16 students out of a total of 32. Orion Group of Companies and Site Skill Training will be spearheading this intense training.
Kumul Petroleum Academy has been internationally certified and accredited to facilitate the training.
Chief Secretary to Government, Isaach Lupari, told the pioneer students, the level of certification will not only provide employment in the country, but overseas as well.
“This training is of high standard, and will provide job opportunities overseas”, said Mr Lupari.