Final year students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) over the week paid a familiarization tour of the ultra-modern Rigworld Training Centre (RTC) located at Kejebil in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region.
The students, who were all from the Petroleum Engineering Department of the KNUST paid the visit to the training centre to expose them to hands-on practical knowledge and experience of safety training in the oil and gas as well as other areas within the extractive industry.
Senior Instructor at the RTC, Gina Donn observed the centre had invested heavily in building advanced simulators to provide realistic training focused on safety as well as building local capacity.
“We deliver more than textbook theory. RTC is an asset that would help increase safety and productivity in the extractive industry while building local capacity, skills and development, “she said.
Bismark Odame, Quality Health, Safety and Environmental Advisor at the RTC, who doubles as Health, Safety and Environment Instructor emphasized the centre had excelled in providing a wide-range of client focused safety training services and products to offshore and mining companies.
He said, “We plan and tailor training to the reality of the people we train. The company believes in constant development, improving its training and facilities all the time.”
Assistant Research Fellow at the Petroleum Engineering Department of the KNUST, Anthony Hammer explained the rationale for their visit.
“They are final year students and very soon they would go to the job market so they are embarking on the tour to be exposed to the other aspects or components which is the field work,” Hammer remarked.
He expressed satisfaction saying the purpose for their visit had been achieved as the students were exposed to the practical aspect of the theories they have been learning at school.
The KNUST Assistant Fellow stated, “They have learnt that before working in an offshore facility, you need to obtain the minimum safety standard from a certified organization. They have also been educated on other safety issues in the offshore oil and gas business.”
The Rigworld Training Centre, which is an indigenous Ghanaian company with International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001:2015 Oil and Gas accredited safety training centre offers safety training services to organizations in the offshore oil and gas industry.
The centre is fully equipped with advanced simulators, helipad and water survival training pool, medical centre, prime onsite accommodation, a restaurant and a fitness centre.
The RTC can boast of top international training experts with operational experience who had been selected to lead the programmes which also includes Lifting Competence Training.
Among the Health and Safety Environment (HSE) courses the centre offers include Basic Offshore Safety Induction Emergency Training (BOSIET), Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) and Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System.
The rest are National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) as well as Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Enditem
Source: News Ghana
YouTube Designates Alex Okosi As MD Of EMEA Emerging Markets
LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA, Sunday February 23, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – American video-sharing platform headquartered in San Bruno, California, YouTube has announced Alex Okosi will be assuming the office of the managing director of emerging markets for YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
He will be responsible for running YouTube’s business and partnership teams across emerging markets in EMEA including Russia, the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa. He will report to the head of YouTube EMEA, Cécile Frot-Coutaz. Based in the London office, Okosi will start in April 2020.
According to Alex Okosi who expressed great joy after recieving the apointment stated that, YouTube is a game-changing platform that plays an increasingly important role in many lives today through the dynamic content and innovation that it delivers. He will joining Cecile’s leadership team to continue empowering creators and elevating value for viewers and partners across the region.
Okosi’s appointment will only further fuel the development of the creative ecosystem in the region. Prior to joining YouTube, Okosi served as a long-time TV executive. Most recently he was executive vice president and managing director of Viacom/CBS Networks Africa & BET International.
Commenting on the hire, Frot-Coutaz, said Okosi brought a “wealth of experience in the content industries and has a track record for building businesses and audiences in established and new markets” and would “drive further expansion in these key markets.”
Google and YouTube have long invested in growing its business across its EMEA emerging markets. Some recent milestones include Most recently at the annual Google for Nigeria event in July 2019, YouTube announced its commitment to support emerging talent across Nigeria by teaming up with Mr. Eazi and the emPawa initiative to support 10 emerging Nigerian music artists to build their craft, increase their fanbase and connect with the world through YouTube.
Throughout the years, YouTube has played an essential role in the discovery and development of African sound, exporting African music to listeners worldwide — in fact 70% of the views from the 25 most watched Sub-Saharan African artists, come from outside the continent. In September, YouTube successfully launched YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in MENA which further exemplifies the opportunities offered by this high-growth region.
Russia is one of YouTube EMEA’s highest growth markets with the number of YouTube channels with more than one million subscribers growing by more than 70% in the last year.
Sustainable Developers See A Marketing Opportunity In IFC’s EDGE
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Sunday February 23, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Ghanaian architects and developers are seeing the benefits of IFC’s EDGE green building certification as recognition for their projects. Available in over 160 countries, EDGE is gaining popularity around the world, with more than nine million square meters now certified.
EDGE provides architects and developers with a free, interactive application that helps them determine the most cost-effective ways to design green within their local climate context.
Each design and building element, from the type of flooring to the cooling system, has an impact on resource intensity. The EDGE software helps determine the savings in energy, water and embodied energy in materials for a project, as well as the cost-effectiveness of design choices.
Buildings that reach the EDGE standard of 20 percent savings are eligible for certification. Verification at the design and post-construction stages are required. In Ghana, certification services are provided exclusively by thinkstep-SGS.
To date in Ghana, there are several high-calibre building projects that have achieved EDGE certification, including Atlantic Tower at the Airport City enclave, the workshop and administrative offices of Terminal 3 at Tema Port, and the Takoradi Mall. The upcoming 363-key Pullman Hotel, which is going to be the largest in the country when completed in 2021, is also aiming to achieve EDGE certification.
More developers are following the lead of early adopters. Aside from being a modern and practical choice to improve comfort for occupants and reduce utility costs over time, EDGE also provides developers a way to distinguish themselves in a crowded market.
Last month, December 4, at the EDGE-certified Atlantic Tower in Airport Square, IFC brought together stakeholders from the real estate sector to learn from those who have certified their projects with EDGE. The event also provided an opportunity for developers and building owners to showcase their certified projects.
Rebecca Menes, the Global Marketing Lead for EDGE, encouraged Ghanaian developers to certify their buildings and take advantage of the marketing potential.
Ms. Menes said, “It’s important for developers to ensure that they don’t just build green, but that they also get credit for their achievements by certifying their properties. In this way, they will be able to best leverage visibility for their exceptional projects and enhance their sustainable brands.”
Dennis Papa Odenyi Quansah, IFC’s Green Building Lead for Ghana, shared the good news that the global commitment to EDGE is strong. EDGE has been supported by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of Switzerland, and most recently the United Kingdom (UK) Government has entered into a partnership with IFC to support EDGE.
Further information on EDGE is available at www.edgebuildings.com.
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MTN Raise Over 6,000 Units Of Bloods To Save Lives
GREATER ACCRA – GHANA, Thursday February 20, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – MTN Ghana Foundation has collected over 6,000 units of blood at the 2020 annual “Save a Life” blood donation exercise, exceeding its target of 5,000 units.
The annual exercise gives MTN staff, trade partners and the general public the opportunity to show love on Valentine‘s Day by donating a unit of blood to help stock various blood banks across the country. This year’s blood donation exercise had a total of 24 donation centers in all 16 regions of Ghana.
The blood collected went directly to the National Blood Service, 37 Military Hospital, Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge and respective regional Hospitals. At the end of the exercise, the following number of units were collected from the various regions:
• Greater Accra – 504
• Ashanti – 534
• Bono – 548
• Bono East – 461
• Ahafo – 218
• Upper West – 371
• Upper East – 483
• North East – 215
• Northern Region – 924
• Savannah – 167
• Volta – 353
• Oti – 64
• Eastern – 410
• Western – 225
• Western North – 202
• Central – 357
Commenting on the blood donation Campaign, the Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Mr. Samuel Koranteng said the exercise was a huge success and he attributed the success of the campaign to the efforts of all blood donors who came out to donate. He said “I will like to use this opportunity to thank all who supported in various ways to make this exercise successful. Thank you for coming to save lives by donating a unit of blood”
The MTN “Save a Life” project is an annual Valentine’s Day blood donation exercise, organized by the MTN Ghana Foundation. This initiative gives MTN staff and other individuals the opportunity to donate blood and stock the National Blood Bank and other regional hospitals. The project which started in 2011 was in response to calls made by the National Blood Service for voluntary contributions to replenish critically low stocks of blood. In all over 20,036 pints of blood have been collected since it’s inception.
In recognition of its efforts, the MTN Ghana Foundation was adjudged the highest corporate blood donor in 2013, second highest corporate donor in 2014 and one of the highest corporate donors in 2015.
MTN Ghana Foundation is committed to brightening lives of communities across Ghana. The Foundation is hopeful that through the continuous partnership with members of the public, many lives would be saved through the exercise.