Monday, 21 August 2017


Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has put PTI on the world map by winning Gold designation award. Idris Musbahu reports.

Society of Petroleum Engineers, PTI Chapter emerged as a Winner in the Gold Designation Category in the last Chapter Report contest to the International office of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Richardson USA which held in April 2017.

The  award is in recognition of the chapter exceptional programs in industry engagement, operations and planning, community involvement, professional development and innovation.

The designation is for student chapters that have accomplished an admirable level of activity. SPE has three hundred and sixty-eight (368) student chapters across all the continents of the world, where 33 chapters are from Nigeria, but  only 37 of these chapters emerged winners in this category including PTI. This is the first time SPE-PTI won this coveted award and gain an international recognition of this magnitude since 1979, when SPE was established in Petroleum Training Institute.
By this award, Petroleum Training Institute has secured an equal recognition amongst the comity of universities where SPE activities are promoted on the global stage, a preferential recognition for SPE-PTI student chapter and Petroleum Training Institute have also been listed on SPEs international website as a Gold Standard Category Award Winner for 2017.

In the letter written to the management of Petroleum Training Institute through the office of public affairs officer Mr.Brown, the President of SPE-PTI student Chapter, Moses Ilemona Ihiabe appreciate the effort of his members for the part they played in bringing the award home; to the management of Petroleum Training Institute and Prof. Sunny Iyuke in particular for personally attending their Engineering Week and for his redeeming interventions. And also to PTI community for accommodating them.

The president also extended his appreciation to  SPE Warri Section 104 for their supervisory role. The Director of Engineering Dr. R.M. Umoh, their faculty sponsor (Mr. Yohanna Dauda, HOD Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences Department) and every other SPE senior members and Directors (Dr. K. Idehen, Dr. M. Adegbite, Engr. E. Ogunyemi) in the institute for their interventions at one time or the other in helping the association pull this great feat. He also appreciates their supervising lecturer- Engr. Seun Adetona, Section 104 technology transfer chairman- Mr. Frank Egede and all the lecturers in the department of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences, PTI.

"When I got the mail of the award, I was so excited because I came into the Institute with mentality of world class, and I am not disappointed that we are rolling out world class award." The Principal /CEO of Petroleum Training Institute, Professor Sunny Iyuke stated during a meeting with the winning Team where the award was presented to the Institute. The Prof. also acknowledged the SPE out going and in-coming executives for coming together, he described it as continuity, mentoring and level of maturity.

The Principal who thanked the students for the achievement introduced  the students to a site WHY ENGINEERING where in twenty four hours somebody will be assigned to talk to you and you can communicate with everybody in the world.
The Prof. Who also acknowledged the Institute press team The Actualizers' Team (TAT),  encourages the press team to work hand in hand with SPE to move PTI to a greater height.

In the other hand, SPE PTI also Won the Best Student Chapter in Nigeria after a competition amongst 33 students' chapters at the just concluded SPE 2017 Annual General meeting (NAICE 2017).

The height of the event was the Platform createdfor a collaboration between PTI and SPE in making research and Training.

Sunday, 13 August 2017


The students of Petroleum Training Institute(PTI)  Effurun, Delta State, had went to poll to elect their leaders for 2017/2018  academics session.                                     Njienue Daniel Chuks reports.

The students of Petroleum Training Institute Effurun on July 15, 2017 went to poll to decide their leaders through a process known as free and fair Election, after the students affair  inaugurated the independent students electoral commission (ISEC) to conduct the student union government(SUG) election.

Prior to the polls, the aspirants moved round the hostels and departments in the institute to canvass for votes. However, most of the aspirants rendered free haircuts, tutorials, fumigation of the hostel rooms, clearing of drainage, sweeping of corridors, plumbing repairs in the hostel, some Prepared goat pepper soup while others cook beans for the students.

During the week of election, The Actualisers Team(TAT), a campus press Club, organised what was tagged TAT DEBATE for all the aspirants. The debate was described as an elightment to Nigerian students on the important and duty of each offices in the union. According to the organizer,  the essence of the debate was to create a platform for each candidate to express their level of competency in confronting issues that has to do with the welfare of the Nigerian students in the Institute, and to know if they are legible to hold the offices they are aspiring for.

The high point of the Debate that was graced by PTI Alumni Secretary General, Mr. Yahaya Moses, NAPS Senate President, former SUG Presidents and executives, present SUG President and executives, Tribal heads, Departmental Presidents and other stakeholders in the Institute was the presentation done by a guest speaker Franklin Ikoko, the founder of DAWREM who spoke on the quest for leadership. The guest speaker cleared the air on the need to vote wisely.

The curtain of the election that was kick started by 9.30am at the sport arena of the institute was drawn by 1pm. Members of the National Association of Nigerian(NANS) and National Association Of Polytechnics Students(NAPS) led by the NAPS Senate President, Comrade Friday Jeremiah were in attendance to ascertain transparency of the process.

When the voting ended, the independent student electoral commission(ISEC) chairman Mr Alade Adeyemi Femi declared Mughele Kenneth From HND1, mechanical engineering student, president-elect. Others elected were vice president Okenwa Emeka, secretary general Omosebi Adedoyin, assisstant secretary general Debbi Meni, financial secretary Ifeanyi Chibuike Emmanuel, treasurer Eze Princess Adaeze, welfare director Maryjane Akpomudhere, social director Agboaghis Osas Destiny, sport director Abilogu Teddy, public relation officer Munemu.G.O.Bright.

Kenneth Mughele

Friday, 2 June 2017

PTI Historical Match

It was an interesting and memorable moments as Staff and students of Petroleum Training Institute Effurun, Delta State  gathered at the Institute sport arena for a send forth football match between the staff and students on the 2nd day of June 2017.

The match was organized by the Institute’s team for Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games (NOGIG) in collaboration with PTI sports committee in honour of one of the most reliable, respected and humble  retired sports Officer of the Institute, Mr. Bawo Omagbemi.

The football match that has it commentary ran by the students' affair Officer, Mr Ajima Joseph was witnessed by top management staff. The historical match that was kick started by  the Chief Librarian, Mr. R. T. Obashe was a platform that brought the staff and students of the Institute together for the first time in history of the Institute.

The football match that was aimed at bidding the former sports Officer who joined the Institute in 1984 and retired in 2017 farewell, and also wish him God's blessing in his future endeavour ended up with goal less draw.

The height of event was a presentation of gift to Mr. Bawo on behalf of sport loving staffs by Deputy Director of Academic, Mr O. C Siakpere who represented the Institute registrar Alhaji A. S. K. Taminu at the event.

"I really appreciates God Almighty, staff and students for their cooperation during my stay in the Institute.  I am humble and grateful for the  match organized to honour me, it has never be done  in the history of PTI". Mr. Bawo told The Actualizers' Team, (TAT)

The event will remain vivid in the memory of those who witnessed the well organized match. Which includes the President of The Students' Union Government, Comrade Theophilus Ukuoma  who advocates for such innovative event in the future,  in order to promote unity between the staff and students of the Institute.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Campus Journalists Tour Lagos

It was a galore of experience and impartation as a popular press club in Petroleum Training Institute Effurun, Delta State  visited different media houses in Lagos. Sunday Egon and Idris Musbahu  report.

One of the reasons students join various creative groups on campus is to learn and grow, and this can be achieved most times when the learning is done practically. This and many other reasons was why The Actualizers' Team, a reputable press club in PTI  a. k.a Engineering Journalist deems it fit to take out time and resources to empower her members Knowledge wise by organizing a visit to different media outfits.

The tour served as a training ground for members of the team and also as a means of being familiar with operation of the media industry. Among the media houses visited were Encomium magazine, The Nations newspaper, Raypower FM, Faaji FM and Africa Independant Television (AIT).

The Actualizers' Team (TAT) is a press body on campus striving towards professionalism in the Petroleum Training Institute. TAT has been using campus journalism as a tool over the years to inform, educate, entertain and check campus vices among students. Over the years, TAT and her members though hardly known by other students for security reason, has trained so many students on journalism, of which some of them are now doing well in the media industry.

After a warm welcome to Encomium Magazine by a senior reporter, Mrs. Shade Wesley Metiboguno  was a powerful speech from the Chief Executive Officer of the Magazine, Mr. Kunle Bakare who enlightened the team about journalism and the current state of the economy, the effect of online media and the way forward.

The deputy editor of Encomium Magazine, Mr Tade Asifat in a brief lecture stretched more on how recession is affecting the media industry. He enjoined young journalists not to put pen on paper without fact and evidence. While rounding off his lecture, the renowned journalist who studied geography described journalism as a work of passion.

Meanwhile, Mr Lekan Otufodunrin, the online Editor welcomes The Actualizers' Team to The Nations Newspaper. Mr. Lekan gave the team an implicit explanation of the general nature of journalism, the code of ethics of a journalist, hints on how to write story, features, opinions and others. To further enlighten the young journalists, he presented journalism related books to the team after which he took the team around various departments that made up The nations newspaper.

At Raypower FM Faaji FM and AIT, introductory interaction commenced at the coporate affairs office, then proceeded to the editorial and studio section of Raypower FM thereafter,TAT joined engineering department of Raypower FM, Faaji FM and AIT, and completed the round of tour at the editorial and studio section of African Independent Television.

The high point of the tour was a visit to the Nation’s Newspaper Campus life editor, Mr Wale Ajetunmobi in his house. Mr wale, who was Involved in an accident explained to the team how the accident happened and appreciates the team for the visit. He shared numerous benefits of being a journalist with the students, to top up all that they have learnt so far.

To add spices to the visitation, The Actualizers' Team visited  Yaba college of technology, National stadium, Oniru beach and many more.

A member of the team who is the queen, of Igbo students Association, PTI Chapter, Nwoke Ada, from the department of Industrial Safety and environmental Technology department shared her excitement; "it was an interesting and educative tour," I learnt so much about journalism, she added.

Another member ;Osakwe Prosper, Vice President electrical and electronics engineering students association  shared his experience with campus life, he said "I have been well fed with insight to journalism,  with all I have learnt I might practise journalism after graduation."

Mirabith Oodo, the reigning most beautiful girl on campus (Miss PTI)  who was also on the trip, appreciates the leadership of the press club for such a brilliant initiative.

The President of club (The Actualizers Team) comrade Gbenga Ojo expresses his gratitude to God Almighty for a successful trip. He also appreciates the management of The Nation Newspaper, Encomium Magazine and DAAR Communication for their passion for younger generation. "I  doff my hat for all TAT Patrons and friends for making the trip a reality. He added.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Nigeria Customs abolishes HND, BSC dichotomy, promotes HND holders

The Nigeria Customs Service has removed the dichotomy between Higher National Diploma and Bachelor’s degree which hitherto was skewed against the personnel holding the former qualification.

The Comptroller-General of the service, Hameed Ali, made the announcement on Monday through a statement signed by the NCS spokesperson, Joseph Attah.

Abolishing the HND-BSc dichotomy in the ranking of personnel in Nigeria’s public service has been a subject of constant demand, particularly from Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics.

But it emerged on Monday that the federal government has isolated some organisations for reform.

“As part of the ongoing reforms in line with circular Ref: HCSF/EPO/EIR/CND/100/ST/98 of 8th September 2016 from the Head of Service of the Federation and the approval of Government since April 1992 for Nigeria Customs Service to align with the Nigeria Police Force rank structure, the CGC approved the removal of dichotomy against holders of Higher National Diploma from Bachelors Degree in the Service,” said the statement.

Mr. Ali, the statement further said, directed immediate alignment of rank structure of the service with that of the police.

Consequently, officers in the Inspectorate cadre on Salary Grade level 08 and above are to align with the appropriate rank in the Superintendent Cadre.

Also, during the decoration of some newly promoted senior officers, the News Agency of Nigeria quotes Mr. Ali as saying HND holders on salary Grade Level GL 07 in the service are automatically moved to GL0 8 while a supplementary budget will be made for their salary arrears.

“This is expected to boost the morale of officers and eliminate confusion in the seniority of officers,” Ali said at the ceremony.

The statement by Mr. Attah also conveyed the promotions of 3,487 senior officers to various higher ranks, following presidential approval.

(Premium Times)

Monday, 10 April 2017


A foundation is a legal category of nonprofit organization that will typically either donate funds and support to other organizations, or provide the source of funding for its own charitable purposes. The majority of foundations are set up to exist in perpetuity.

This means that control over the foundation and its assets can be passed to countless generations, perpetuating your values, continuing your charitable work, and burnishing your name far beyond your lifetime.

Today, Carnegie and Rockefeller are better remembered for their philanthropic legacies than for their accomplishments in the steel and oil industries. And because gifts are made from an endowment that generates investment revenue, the total gifts made by the foundation over time can far surpass the initial funding.

It was on this note that Apiri Hallowed Foundation  was founded on the 3rd of June, 2007 by Pastor Atedoghu Apiri, a staff of Petroleum Training Institute Effurun, Delta State (PTI).

Basically, Apiri hallowed foundation is a scheme that was set up to reach out to the less privileged like the orphans, the widows, prison inmates, hospitalized people ad so on. Their main aim was to provide skills acquisition, empowerment programs and to support the less privilege financially. It is not a church and can never be evolve into a church.

There are different units/ Depts in the Apiri hallowed foundation, Hospital dept, widows unit, Prisons dept,  There is the PACT unit and the PACT club unit. The PACT unit stands for Prayer And Counselling Team unit and it serves as an avenue for believers to pray through different prayer sessions held. On the other hand, PACT club is a unit whereby different people come together to share their testimonies and their problems and also get solutions to those problems.

The NGO raises its capital through different partners and volunteers. They help the organization with the capitals which are needed to carry out their different programs. The NGO has several projects being carried out but presently there are two major projects on ground. These projects are for the community and the orphans and they are tagged “Liberty for community” (FREE WATER PROJECT)and “Liberty for orphans” respectively.

The NGO reaches out to people through different means. Through churches,  visiting orphanage homes, and through direct interaction with different people. Plans are also being made to reach out to different communities to get Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in our orphans scholarship scheme (OSS). OSS is a free education scheme for orphans from primary to University. You can  partner with us.

It is a fervent believe that in the nearest future, the Apiri hallowed foundation (AHF) would be recognized worldwide and the main reason for forming the organization would be achieved.

( or by contacting these numbers: +2348074020493 or +2348189788409.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Volunteering: How Helping Others Helps You

Volunteering has a positive effect on your community — and it’s good for you too. Ben, a college freshman who did volunteer fund-raising work, calls it “a win-win situation." He says, "You feel good because you're helping others, and the others feel good because they're getting help.”

Reasons to Volunteer
Giving back to your community is valuable in itself, but helping others also offers many benefits. For example, it can help you learn more about yourself and even put you on a path to your future career. Learn more about the reasons to volunteer below.

Gain Valuable Life Experiences and Skills
Whether you build houses for the homeless or mail flyers for a local politician, you can experience the real world through hands-on work. And you can explore your major or career interests at the same time.

For example, as a premed freshman, Gregory spent his summer volunteering at a local health clinic. He picked a clinic in an area with a lot of Spanish speakers so he could practice his language skills while observing medical workers. He also found time to ask the doctors questions.

Meet Interesting People
Both the people you are helping and your fellow volunteers can give you new insights. No matter what groups of people you’re working with, you’ll find that they have information and ways of looking at the world that can broaden your horizons.

Get Academic Credit
Some high schools offer academic credit for volunteer work through service learning — a program that offers hands-on learning through service to the community. To find out if your school offers service learning, talk to your school counselor.

Show Colleges You’re Committed
Your volunteer work illustrates your interests and character. When you list your volunteer work on your college applications, you show admission officers the value you’ll bring to their campus community.

Make a Difference
It’s eye-opening to realize that doing even small things can have a big impact on others. Rhea, a college sophomore, still remembers a visit she made to a senior home with a choir when she was in middle school. “An elderly man in a wheelchair looked up at me after the last strains of ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and said in a gravelly voice, ‘You’ve made my day. This means so much.’” She recalls, “No one had ever thanked me in such a way for doing something so small, and a stranger no less!”

How to Get Involved
Organizations everywhere need volunteers.