Dr. Henry Adebowale Adimula, FCSN, MICCON, MNACE, MPIN, MNES, has been appointed the Principal and Chief Executive of Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), with effect from June 17, 2021, by the Institute’s Governing Council. Until his appointment, Dr. H. A. Adimula was the Institute’s acting Principal and Chief Executive from July 4, 2020 to June 17, 2021. He was also the former Vice Principal of the Institute, from December 4, 2019 to July 4, 2020.
Dr. Adimula had his university education at the University of Ilorin where he graduated with a B.Sc. Chemistry (1985) and M.Sc. (Chemistry) 1989 and the University of Benin, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2010, with specialization in the ‘Modifications and Applications of Biopolymers’.
In 1990, he was appointed by the National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Technology, New-Bussa, Niger state and was immediately deployed to head the Chemistry department of the Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology, a subsidiary of the Institute.
He joined the services of the Petroleum Training Institute in 1992, as a Lecturer II and has by virtue of his hard work and outstanding contributions to the progress and actualization of the objectives of the Institute rose to the headship of the Petroleum Training Institute.
Dr. H. A. Adimula has had a distinguished career at the PTI and has held various offices of high responsibilities. He served as Head, Department of Industrial Safety and Environmental Technology (ISET) between 2014 and 2017. As the head of the largest single Department in the Institute, he built a team of motivated staff, promoting and nurturing harmonious working relationships. In the middle of his tenure as Head of the Department, he was saddled with the higher responsibility of piloting the affairs of the newly established Directorate of Research and Development (R&D) as the pioneer Director in December, 2017. As Director of Research and Development, he established a 5-year plan for transforming the research culture of the Institute and created research clusters to address the various technological challenges of the oil and gas industry with a goal to developing home grown technology and to deepen the Nigerian content in the oil and gas industry.
He also served as the Director of Science from July 2018 to December 2019. As the Director of Science, he worked with the other Directors and top Management to formulate policies and the strategic directions for the Institute until he was appointed by the Governing Council of the Institute in December 2019, to occupy the vacant position of Vice Principal. As the Vice Principal, he was saddled with the responsibility of repositioning the Institute to better respond to the emerging trends in the oil and gas industry and leading the Institute to become a skills-certifying centre for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. He served in this capacity until his appointment as the Ag. Principal in July 2020, and as the substantive Principal and Chief Executive on June 17, 2021. He has since then been embarking on projects and initiatives aimed at more closely aligning the Institute to solving the technological challenges and the training needs of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria in particular and the rest of the world.
Dr. Adimula is well respected for his research works seeking solutions to the problems of pollution of the environment by the Nigerian oil and gas industry. He is a two time winner of the PTDF Research Grant competition for his research to “Develop Immobilized Oil Degrading Microorganisms in Local Cellulosic Materials for Rapid Deployment in the Remediation of Oil Polluted Soils”. He has published in several respected academic journals and he is an active member of a number of professional societies where he has held several offices of responsibility.
Dr. Adimula is married and blessed with wonderful children. He’s a part-time pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He loves reading and contributing to building a better society.