Professor Sunny E. Iyuke, the principal and Chief executive, Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Delta State has tasked graduating students to be ready to face the challenges of the society after graduation, saying that as fresh graduates, their journey had just begun.
He urged them to live a responsible life of honour, integrity and hardworking to promote the institute image at all times as good ambassandors.
Professor Iyuke stated this during the graduation ceremony of total of total of four hundred (400) graduates to be awarded National Diploma and six hundred and thirty nine (639) graduates from the institute.
His words ‘‘ It is with utmost pleasure that I welcome you all to this ceremony, which marks the 2018 Graduation of the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Delta State. This occasion represents an important step in the transformation process in the lives of our graduands.
‘‘In the words of Senator Orrin Hatch, “Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning”. While most students think their journey is completed on graduation day, the truth is that the journey has only just begun. As you enter the real world, gird your loins and prepare for another phase of life’s arduous journey.
”For this, I know you have been well groomed by the quality of training and knowledge you have acquired in the Institute. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel honoured to present to you successful students who have toiled tirelessly, with hours of sleepless nights and have been found worthy in character and learning to be awarded the Institute’s prestigious Diplomas and Certificates in various disciplines of Engineering and the sciences. Congratulations to you all as you launch into the world.
‘‘A total of four hundred (400) graduates will be awarded National Diploma, six hundred and thirty nine (639) graduates will be awarded the Higher National Diploma, while forty seven (47) graduates will receive the PTI General Welding Certificate. I am delighted to inform you that fifty three (53) students graduated with Distinction, and three hundred and fifty six (356) students graduated with Upper Credit. Permit me to state that in every hard work there is a reward. Some of you will be distinguished from your peers with special awards for academic excellence.’’ He stated.
He said that the Petroleum Training Institute will continue to deliver on its mandate as stipulated in the Act establishing it by developing competent technological manpower required for the operations of the petroleum and allied industries. ‘‘I want to assure you that the Institute is on course towards becoming the hub of human capacity development, and contributing significantly to the Nigerian content in the Petroleum Industry.
‘‘It is with utmost joy that I announce to our esteemed guests that the Institute has commenced a post – HND programme in Engineering and MSc in Information and Telecommunications Engineering. These are in partnership with the University of Port Harcourt. I also wish to inform you that the pioneer class is currently in session at our School of Industrial and Continuing Education (SICE). The first batch of interns from Interregional University of Industrial Engineering Biotechnologies and Applied Science, (IRGIB African University), Cotonou, Republic of Benin, has successfully completed its programme and we are awaiting the next batch. The Institute has continued to play the leading role as centre of excellence in the development of human capacity in the Petroleum Industry. To this end, staff of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) have satisfactorily completed their training programme here in the Institute.’’ He noted.