The Federal Government charged the academia to contribute both technologically and otherwise in the development of the Nigerian oil industry.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, gave the charge in Abuja on the occasion of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Roundtable 2021, which was organised for the development of FUPRE.
The minister stated that the COVID-19 pandemic had eroded the value in the oil sector and occasioned major cuts in production leading to a drop in earnings.
Sylva told participants at the event that Nigeria had changed and so it was expected that the educational system would also change.
He stressed that the country’s need had changed as Nigeria was now in need of technologies to solve its problems.
He stated that universities should come up with technologies that would boost the country’s oil sector, adding that opportunities abound in the oil services space.