The Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Efurun in Delta State has matriculated 600 students.

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Congratulating the students admitted on Part-Time, the Acting Principal/Chief Executive Officer of the institute, Mrs Nnnena Dennar, said their admission into the school was a privilege, urging them not to abuse it.

She said: “I advise you to be focused and work hard in order to justify the confidence reposed in you.

“May I remind you that the path to academic excellence is through quality decision, diligence, doggedness and devotion to God. You should strive hard to maintain excellence in line with the vision of the Federal Government. The PTI expects you to bring out the best intellectually and morally out in yourself and expects you to place these excellent qualities in the service of the oil industry. You should bear in mind that the diploma you will earn at the end of the programme is for excellence in ‘Character and Learning.”

She said the Federal Government established the institute 41 years ago as a petroleum training and research centre, adding that it has lived up to its mandate in the oil and gas sector.

“I am glad to say that PTI is a household name in the oil industry, as there is hardly any oil company that does not have PTI graduate in her employment. You are, therefore, expected to maintain the high academic standard set by your predecessors. The Institute is well equipped with a team of professionals and state-of-the-art equipment that is second to none in the sub Saharan Africa to develop fit-for-purpose students. You must therefore, pride yourself very high above students from other higher institutions.”

She recounted that the part-time programme started 19 years ago, as an evening programme, for workers and also candidates who could meet age requirement, adding that the course content, resource personnel and facilities, used in the programmes are the same with their counterparts in the Full-Time.

“I want to remind you that discipline is not compromised in PTI. It is also the hallmark of the oil Industry. As new students, you are expected to be disciplined. Management therefore, does not encourage any type of social vices and deviant behaviours. No student should take laws into his or her hand. Any student caught or involved in unlawful protest on campus is deemed to have breached the matriculation oath; and severe penalties will be meted out to such student(s),” he warned.

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