The newly established Morendat Institute of Oil & Gas (MIOG) has rolled out training programmes aimed at promoting efficiency in public safety and smooth pipeline operations. The school, which offers specialized skills in oil & gas pipelines management, operations and maintenance, is mandated to develop human resource capacity for the region so as to reduce dependence on expatriate workers. In a recent closing ceremony for the institute’s basic fire-fighting course in Eldoret, KPC General Manager in charge of Finance Samuel Odoyo said that when it comes to matters safety, KPC must lead from the front. Odoyo, who represented the KPC Managing Director Joe Sang in the forum, observed that even before we start planning to empower the public on matters safety, all KPC staff will have to undergo the basic fire-fighting course.

Odoyo’s words were echoed by the institute’s Director Dr Jonah Aiyabei who exuded confidence that the basic fire-fighting course that the school was offering is one of the best in Africa and announced that it will be rolled out to the members of public very soon. 21 members of staff (both old and new) underwent the three-week comprehensive training programme under a curriculum developed by the KPC team. “The company takes fire-fighting training seriously in view of the hazardous nature of the products that we handle,” Odoyo said adding that the training will not only benefit KPC but the trainees as well who will be the company’s ambassadors on fire-fighting matters within and outside KPC. “The company’s Vision 2025 aims at ensuring that KPC plays a more significant role in the oil & gas sector in the region hence the plans to widen the business scope to upstream, midstream and downstream. The establishment of the school is therefore very timely as the courses offered will not only benefit the local industry but the region as well,” the company’s finance boss said.

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Dr Aiyabei said that the Board and Management are committed to ensure that the institute lives to its purpose as a centre of excellence offering excellent courses with global standards. The director said that the curriculum for the first five courses has been finalised and approved by the Technical & Vocational Education Training Curriculum Development, Accreditation and Certification Council (TVETCDACC). This is the first competency based curriculum in Kenya.


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