By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Co-Chair of CGX Energy, Professor Suresh Narine does not believe that Guyana has the human resource capital that is needed for the incoming oil boom, nor is the University of Guyana (UG) going to be able to produce the manpower needed for the sector in the coming years.
Both CGX and ExxonMobil are on the verge of accessing oil beneath the ocean floors in Guyana’s territory and some concerns have been raised as to whether Guyana has the human resource capacity for the oil boom.
“I think that UG is clearly nowhere where it needs to be to prepare people for the oil and gas industry…and even if it were to start now, we are still going to have a shortage of people, in my opinion,” said Professor Narine on Friday, June 19.
He said that the industry will provide a slew of jobs in varying fields and it’s “imperative that as a country we begin to map that.”
He opined that the private sector and advocacy groups may be willing to support the government in this regard hence the country’s coffers would not have to bear the brunt of the expense for this type of education.
“It’s very very important that we begin training – it’s money well spent…we have enough advocacy to ensure that the company coffers do not have to come up with all of that,” said the CGX Co-Chair.
“The learning is there, but I think nationally we need to begin that conversation yesterday,” he added.