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Chairman’s speech at the commissioning ceremony

REMARKS BY ADEREMI MAKANJUOLA, CHAIRMAN CAVERTON OFFSHORE SUPPORT GROUP PLC, AT THE COMMISSIONING OF A 520-SEATER HALL ‘CAVERTON HALL’ AT FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY MINNA, NIGER STATE.

 

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 Caverton Offshore Support Group PLC is proud to be collaborating with this great institution to uplift the quality of education in the university and in Nigeria as a whole. We at Caverton truly identify with your Vision and Mission Statement, as they are similar to what drives The Caverton Group:

 …Strives to become a world class and Nigeria’s leading University recognized for its excellence in capacity building and service delivery.

 ….as a specialized University is committed to the training of skilled and innovative workforce that would transform Nigeria’s natural resources into goods and services driven by entrepreneurship and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to positively affect the economy and thus the quality of life of her people.

As you may know, Caverton is an indigenous company which started from humble beginnings and has grown to become a leader in the oil and gas services sector. We strongly believe that Nigerians can compete with the best in the world if given the opportunity. This is a point that has been amply demonstrated by our history as a company. And having benefited from a positive regulatory environment through federal government’s local content policy, we believe we also have a responsibility not only to give back but also to expand opportunities for other Nigerians to develop their capacity and excel.

It is in furtherance of our Corporate Social Responsibility ideals and being mindful to leave our footprint on the sands of time, that in June 2010 we made a commitment to the Governing Council of this University to the continuing upliftment of its ideals and goals particularly in terms of academics, technology and infrastructural development by constructing a Lecture Hall for the students. We are indeed pleased to be here today to witness its commissioning.

Capacity development of Nigerians through educational upliftment is something we take seriously at Caverton. In the last 3 years alone, we have trained over 40 local pilots and engineers from the ab-initio stage on both rotor and fixed wing aircraft and the training program continues every year.

Our collaboration with your great institution will not end with just handing over this building.  We are open to offering Internship (IT) positions to deserving students of your institution. Your Engineering programmes have been adjudged as the best by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) with full accreditation status.  Caverton therefore would encourage your Engineering students who finish at the top of their class, graduating with First and Second class upper degrees, to seek employment with us. We hope that the university being a specialized institution will encourage students in the School of Engineering to enroll for training at the flight school towards becoming the new breed of Caverton Helicopters Pilots and Engineers that will sustain the professional culture of the company as well as raising the bar in the field.

Permit us to use this opportunity to call on other Nigerian companies and individuals to collaborate or increase their collaboration with institutions such as yours to improve the stock of skilled Nigerians. We live in a knowledge economy and our ability to compete as a country will depend on how skilled our people are. While government is expected to take the lead in national capacity development, this is not a task for government alone. There is a role for everyone, especially corporate organizations. Beyond giving back, it is also in the enlightened interest of corporate organizations to invest in national capacity development as this expands the pool of skilled manpower they can draw from to further their corporate interests.

Our partnership with your university has been a rewarding one for us and we believe that it has been rewarding for you as well, and we look forward to more fruitful collaborations in the future. We hope that the 520-Seater Hall will benefit the institution in addressing the inherent problem of congestion and inadequate lecture halls as well as enhance teaching and learning. And we do hope that this token from us will ultimately contribute to capacity building and overall development in our country.

Thank you very much and best wishes in all your endeavours.

 

Aderemi M. Makanjuola

Group Chairman

 

Graduation Ceremony For Caverton AW139 Engineers

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REMARKS BY CAPT JOSIAH CHOMS (PhD) MANAGING DIRECTOR CAVERTON HELICOPTERS, AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR CAVERTON ENGINEERS WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE AW139 TYPE RATING COURSE.

I  take this opportunity on behalf of the Caverton Offshore Support Group PLC to welcome you to this graduation ceremony. We thank you for leaving everything aside and come to celebrate the achievement of these young men and women.

This is  another milestone in our effort and commitment to develop local capacity within the Aviation sector of the Nigeria economy. Today we commemorate the successful completion of the AW139 Type Rating course by  another batch of engineers. The course was delivered by the renowned REH Helicopters LTD UK at our offices at Ozumba Mbadiwe Victoria Island and the Executive Flight Facilty at Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria. In addition to twelve students sponsored by Caverton and one self-sponsoring candidate, two NCAA Inspectors from the Directorate of Air Worthiness were also accommodated.

As you may be aware, there is a shortfall in the pool of type-rated engineers in the country.  Caverton has a dedicated program to train and give types to indigenous  engineers on an ongoing basis.This investment in training ties in with the vision of the Nigerian  Government on local content in so many ways. Indigenous staff are trained to world standards  and deployed within our operations. We do not have to spend scarce foreign exchange recruiting  staff from all over the world. In this way, we build indigenous capacity and also stem capital flight from the Nigerian shores. According to Mr. Adeniyi Makanjuola, Chairman Caverton Helicopters “by collaborating with renowned training providers to deliver training in-country, and having the oversight of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Caverton has demonstrated that it is an innovative company that can adequately adapt the business to meet  changes in the operating environment.”

As a company, Caverton strongly believes that Nigerians can compete favorably with the best in the world if given the opportunity. This is the abiding lesson from our own corporate history, a lesson that we have turned into an article of faith. It is our belief that a critical aspect of giving opportunity to Nigerians is providing them the scarce skill-sets and the experience to compete in highly technical areas. We are proud to say that we are contributing to the pool of trained indigenous workforce for the benefit of the company and the greater good of the aviation sector and the country as a whole. 

It is our expectation that this class of graduands will use the knowledge they have received to better their careers and bring about meaningful impact to the company.     Today you have accomplished one stage of your careers. However, the end of one stage is the beginning of the new one. According to Mr. Sean Ward Deputy Technical Manager Shell Contract at Caverton: “following the completion, the engineers will be positioned within the Company to the operational bases that will add more of the practical elements required to the theoretical knowledge they have obtained to become unrestricted Licensed Type Rated AW139 Engineers. During this time period, the Engineering Training Department, as well as, the Maintenance Managers on the respective operational bases will act as Mentors and provide a structured path in their development process.” It should be noted that as the largest operator of AW 139 aircraft in the region and the Authorized Agusta Westland Service Centre, our vision is to be a one-stop-shop for training and logistics services in Sub-Saharan Africa. This offers boundless opportunities to those who have the skills that today’s graduands have obtained.

I would like to specially recognize the efforts of the senior members of the Caverton management team thus far in helping these graduands with the necessary encouragement that has helped them pull through a very rigorous programme. Your leadership and direction has given them the right foundation and we hope that this will continue to serve them throughout their careers and that you will continue to support them in whatever capacity you can. 

Caverton Helicopters has made significant investments towards human capacity development in Nigeria. The company has trained local pilots, engineers and seafarers in support of its aviation and marine logistics service provision to the oil and gas industry in Nigeria in line with government’s intention to increase indigenous participation in the industry through the development of human capacity, as stipulated in the Nigerian Content Development Act of 2010.  We will not rest on our laurels. We will continue to contribute our quota to ensuring that highly skilled indigenous technical  manpower is added to the workforce for the benefit of the Nigerian economy and as part of giving back as a responsible corporate citizen.

Thank you very much and congratulations to all the graduands.

 

Capt. Josiah Choms PhD

Managing Director

CSR Initiative - Murtala Mohammed Airport Schools Inter-House Sport Ceremony

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On February 25 2015, Capt. Josiah Choms took time out of his very busy schedule to attend the Inter-House Sports Competition at the Murtala Mohammed Airport Schools. It was a wonderful sight to behold, a trip down memory lane, as the school children entertained the crowd and jostled to take home prizes and awards for job well done.  Capt. Choms gave out awards to selected prize winners. He implored the children to ensure success at every level and encouraged them to never settle for less in their endeavors. In her response, the school principal, Mrs. Otoide, expressed her heartfelt gratitude for Caverton’s continued support of the school. 

Caverton Helicopters conducts aviation career sessions with Unilag International School & MMA Secondary Schools in Lagos

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In line with one of CHL’s CSR vision of “Raising the next generation of aviators,” secondary school students from the University of Lagos International School and Murtala Mohammed Secondary School spent an afternoon at the Ikeja facility for an aviation career session facilitated by Titi Osimboni, Paul Ojiru, Ahmed Oluwa, Remi Soyoye, and Amata Esieke. Both the flight and engineering crew entertained the children and gave them crucial career insights into both aviation professions. In his welcome remarks, Capt. Choms challenged the children to always do their best at all times, reminding them that “the sky is their limit.” The children were very attentive, asking very intelligent questions. They were visibly appreciative of the organization’s effort and thanked Capt. Choms and members of his staff for the insightful and important career session.   

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