PETAN Advocates For Integrated Certification For African Countries
As part of its sustainable Development goals, Chairman of Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), Nicolas Odinuwe, has advocated for the elimination of multiple certifications in Africa.
The association has however called for more collaboration among regions to harness sustainable energy within Africa.
Specifically, the association advocated a unified/integrated African certification/standard as practiced in America, European Union, and Britain and others.
This, PETAN believes, will eliminating multiple certifications domiciled outside of African sphere and the associated huge foreign exchange impact this practice has on the continent.
Nicolas Odinuwe, stated this on Tuesday at the 7th Sub-Saharan Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Confidence (SAIPEC), currently holding in Lagos with the theme “Harnessing a Sustainable African Energy Industry Through Partnership”.
Odinuwe made the call at the seventh edition of the sub-Saharan international conference and exhibition (SAIPEC) 2023 hosted by PETA in collaboration with strategic partners NNPC Limited, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and GEP.
According to him, energy is core to the economies of 55 members’ states that constitute Africa.
He said as part of ways to harness and sustain the sub-Saharan energy market, PETAN has continued to reach out to other regions and bodies for partnerships/collaboration and support.
The collaboration, according to him, includes an African local content business e-platform, integrated one-skill passport for welding and related practices with TWF, African local content funding (coordinated by NCDMB).
He said human capacity development is very fundamental to the growth of any economy and local content, adding that as technology is evolving, it is important to constantly acquire new knowledge and skills through training and retraining.
“As we look to the future, we face significant challenges in the ways energy Is produced and consumed, including the effects of geopolitical instability, poverty and energy poverty, economic uncertainties, and the climate songs.
“As private sector and service companies, we must continually commit to finding collaborative innovative solutions and work with our stakeholders and partners to ensure a sustainable and secure energy solutions and supply,” he said.