The Paramount Ruler of Seimbiri Kingdom, in Burutu local government area of Delta State, King Charles Ayemi-Botu, has blamed successive governments in the country for the rot in the oil industry.
The Seimbiri Monarch, who spoke when he played host to the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Professor Akpofure Rim Rueke, attributed the ugly development to misplaced priorities, greed, corruption and nepotism on the part of past governments, both military and civilian.
King Botu, a former National Chairman of TROMPCON, noted that despite Nigeria being the highest oil producing country in Africa and the 12th in the world, the nation’s oil industry had continued to suffer set backs.
The monarch said It was ironical that out of the world’s major oil exporting countries, only Nigeria still imported refined products due to mismanagement in the petroleum industry thus rendering all the refineries moribund after wasted efforts to turn them around.
He noted that the quest and agitation for the establishment of a University of Petroleum Resources in the state was to produce truly local content and the much needed technical manpower, rather than spending millions of dollars in training Nigerians abroad to man the oil sector.
King Botu, popularly called “Lion of the Niger’ charged the management of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun to bridge the gap and seek ways of getting the ailing refineries back on stream by producing the much-needed technical manpower for the nation’s oil and gas industry.
The revered monarch called on President Mohammed Buhari to direct the Federal Ministry of Education and the Petroleum Development Trust Fund, PTDF, to speedily address the challenges of inadequate infrastructure and technical manpower faced by the university.
King Ayemi-Botu described the appointment of Professor Rim Rueke as the new Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, as deserving and thanked the President for choosing him to pilot the affairs of the University.
Earlier the Vice Chancellor of FUPRE, Professor Akpofure Rim Rueke, said the visit was an expression of the high regards the institution had for the traditional institution and commended King Botu for his irrevocable commitment to achieving a better deal for the Niger Delta region.
While calling for the continued support of the monarch in the struggle for true emancipation of the Niger Delta region, the Vice Chancellor appealed to him to always avail the institution his robust wealth of experience and contacts as it strove to produce the needed manpower for the oil industry.
The Vice Chancellor was accompanied on the visit by top officials of the University.