NCDMB to build 90 homes in the North East Region

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has concluded plans to construct 90 homes in the North-Eastern region of the country.

This is part of the oil and gas industry’s contributions towards rebuilding areas that were devastated by the activities of the Boko Haram sect.

The Board is using the ‘Down To Earth’ (D2E) model in the intervention and is set to acquire two Hydraulic Compressed Earth Block (HCEB) Oskam machines, to be used in molding blocks from clay. The blocks will be used to erect the homes and they will have utilities, medical center, school and community gardens.

Mr. Abdulmalik Halilu, General Manager, Corporate Services and Logistics and NCDMB lead on the intervention, said the Board will train youths from the region on the use of the HCEB machines as a strategy of creating employment.

Halilu added that the Board had conducted a detailed study of the HCEB machine and found that it is very durable. “The usage is simple and it takes just a month to train operators. Buildings erected with clay blocks could vary in design, in accordance with usage, culture and community acceptance,”

Another key project undertaken by the Board include the Fair Chance Initiative, under which 107 internally displaced persons will be trained on different crafts and some of them engaged in the construction of the 90 homes. The trainees will be provided with starter packs and linked to the virtual market.

NCDMB will also construct a vocational center and deworm and administer Vitamin A supplements to 50,000 primary school children in the six North Eastern states.


Service coys get training on upgraded NOGIC JQS

Ahead of the February 2018 deadline to digitalize core operations and eliminate paper applications, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) recently organized trainings for personnel of service companies on the use of the upgraded NOGIC JQS platform.

The intensive training held for five days in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and drew several participants. Operating companies had their sessions earlier in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The NOGIC JQS portal is used by the Board to manage key processes, including Capacity Building, Expatriate Quota Processing/Applications and NCEC Processing/Applications. It is also used for Marine Vessel Categorization, Monitoring and Research and Development. The concluded upgrade of the NOGIC JQS platform and ongoing digitization of the processes are aimed to reduce human interfaces and delays.

The NOGIC JQS portal was created by section 56 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act.

The Supervisor, NOGOC JQS, Mr. Babatunde Akhihiero explained that the primary objectives of the trainings were to make industry stakeholders familiar with the usage and functions of the portal and put in place a transition plan for migrating the Board’s key processes from a manual system to an automated one.

Indigenous producers pledge compliance with Nigerian Content Act

…to sign SLA with NCDMB

Members of the Indigenous Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG) have pledged to henceforth support and comply with the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act.

To cement their commitment, the local operating companies will sign a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and this will guide the submission and management of statutory reports between both parties.

The new SLA, akin to the type signed between the Board and the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) in May 2017, will commit members of the IPPG to compliance with the Nigerian Content Act while the Board will keep to a definite response time for reviews and approvals of contracting documentations. The SLA will take into consideration the capacity of the indigenous producing companies and provide necessary concessions as may be necessary.

These resolutions were reached at a meeting between the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote and members of the IPPG in Lagos on Wednesday.

The independent producers also promised to partner the Board to equip the Petroleum Technology Development Fund’s Vocational Training facility in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for the purposes of imparting key skills that are currently lacking in the industry.

Wabote explained at the meeting that indigenous producers were products of the Nigerian Content Policy hence they needed to work with the Board to take the implementation to the next level.

He stressed that Nigerian Content Act was not applicable to only foreign companies but to all players in the oil and gas industry. “Some Nigerian companies assume erroneously that being wholly indigenous makes them complaint. But Local Content extends to employment, procurement, training among other things.”

The Executive Secretary further challenged the indigenous producers to partner the Board to develop Research and Development Centres of excellence in-country so that problems encountered in their operations can be resolved locally. “The international operating companies have huge R&D facilities in their home countries. We can only set up R&D centres in Nigeria with the support of indigenous producers.”

He also tasked the companies on the remittance of Nigerian Content Development Fund’s deductions. He reiterated that the Board will soon commission third-party forensic audit to track and recover due payments on the NCDF.

Chairman of IPPG, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi-Bero pledged the readiness of the members to comply with the provisions of the Nigerian Content Act. “We want to participate in the Nigerian Content journey and we are ready to engage with the Board to take our projects to the next level,” he said.

He further explained that IPPG was constituted by 25 indigenous operators, including joint venture partners of the NNPC, marginal field operators and indigenous sole risk operators. According to him, “we ensure corporate governance among ourselves, help to put a respectable face to indigenous producers and offer government a credible platform to engage. We account for between 12/25 percent of Nigeria’s crude oil production.”

NCDMB met all 2017 targets

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) accomplished all the targets set for 2017, the Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote has said.

He spoke at the 2017 Practical Nigerian Content (PNC) workshop held at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and confirmed that both the objectives set by industry stakeholders at 2016 PNC and the ones set internally at the beginning of the year were met. “We have gone through all of them and we ticked the boxes.”

The Executive Secretary who recently clocked one year in office, recalled that one of his first directives in November 2016 was that operating companies can assume they have received approval for any project if they did not get feedback from the Board within 15 working days. He asserted that this target was met. “We have streamlined our internal processes such that NCDMB is now positioned to review contracts within 100 days, provided submitted documents are in line with the NOGICD Act. We have demonstrated this in the last one year as evidenced in the unprecedented completion time of tendering process for the Zabazaba project.”

Further evidence is that the Board jointly developed and signed a Service Level Agreement with the NLNG – a first by any government agency. “We have written to the OPTS to jointly draw up similar agreements to ensure NCDMB’s role in contracting process is clear and transparent in line with the Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business,” he added.

Continuing, Wabote said the Board had expanded its operations to the midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. “We are now part of NLNG business activities. We visited Dangote refineries where we agreed on steps to involve more Nigerian companies with capacities in the development of the project to meet cost and schedule timelines.

“A compendium of ancillary businesses required to sustain operation of the refinery is under development to support the operational phase of the huge 650,000 barrels/day refinery,” he stated.

He reiterated that the $200m Nigerian Content Intervention Fund had been launched for oil and gas service providers that are contributors to the Nigerian Content Development Fund. “The intervention fund has all-in single digit interest rate of eight percent for loans extended to Nigerian Oil and Gas Service providers and all-in single digit interest rate of five percent for loans extended to community contractors.

The Executive Secretary also reported that the Board signed the Research and Development Guidelines with key industry stakeholders earlier in the year. “We also held the highly successful R&D Fair and Conference two months ago and we are building on that momentum to set up a R&D Steering Committee to guide our R&D Implementation plan. Other initiatives such as R&D Centers of Excellence, ‘Adopt a Faculty’ Program, and others are also being progressed.”

On Sectorial Linkages, he said the Board is at the forefront of advocacy for the utilization of in-country capacities beyond the oil and gas industry. “We have local capacities in manufacturing of pipelines, cables, paints, etc that can be utilized in the construction and power sectors of the economy.

“Our service providers are also being encouraged to venture into the construction sector to utilize their equipment and project delivery expertise.”

Other achievements according to the Executive Secretary include the launch of the upgraded NOGICJQS platform so that transactions such as applications for expatriate quota, Nigerian Content equipment certificates, Marine vessel categorization and several other requests could be carried out online.

Giving further details of the Board’s performance in the last one year, Wabote said the Nigerian Oil and Gas Parks Scheme was being progressed in five oil producing states. He indicated that “one key progress we have made in the last one year is to put in place a firm arrangement for provision of 24/7 power supply to the industrial parks as they materialize. This is a core enabler for domiciliation of manufacturing in-country.”

He also harped on the Board’s efforts to aggregate industry business plans, which culminated in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Opportunity Fair (NOGOF) held in March. As part of the outcome, we compiled a compendium of industry opportunities.”

NCDMB to partner indigenous oil producers

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Independent Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG) will collaborate to deepen Local Content implementation in the oil and gas industry.

Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote stated this at the closing of the 2017 Practical Nigerian Content Conference held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

He described indigenous crude oil producers as primary beneficiaries of the Local Content policy, having acquired divested acreages from international oil companies.

According to Wabote, the Board plans to develop a strategy with the IPPG that would enable their members contribute significantly to Nigerian Content implementation like Total Upstream Nigeria has done with the Egina deepwater project, which has become the benchmark in the industry.

He applauded the performance of indigenous producers, adding that, “some of them have raised production from 20,000 barrels of crude oil per day when they took over the assets to about 75,000 and 100,000 barrels. This clearly shows that the IPPG has a big role in Local Content development.”

He also underscored the need for indigenous producers to comply with the Nigerian Content Act, noting that some firms had affiliated with international counterparts while some were listed on the Stock Exchange.

The Executive Secretary confirmed the Board’s close collaboration with chief executives of international oil companies, describing them as active participants in Nigerian Content activities. “We brainstormed on some of the challenges they face and the things I want to pursue next year, so they would think about them.”

He also promised continued involvement of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) and the international service providers in the implementation process.

Assessing the Board’s performance in his first year in office, Wabote stated that ten strategic targets set at the beginning of the year had all been accomplished.

NCDMB releases N61.18bn local content fund to BoI

A total sum of $200m (N61.18bn at the official exchange rate of N305.9 to a dollar) has been released to the Bank of Industry as intervention fund for indigenous oil and gas service providers, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board announced on Tuesday.

It also stated that third party outfits were being engaged to monitor compliance with respect to local content implementation in the upstream, midstream and downstream arms of the oil and gas industry.

The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, said the agency would ensure that about eight indigenous oil and gas service providers access the fund every six months to boost job creation in the sector.

Wabote, who stated this in a presentation at the 7th Practical Nigerian Content Forum in Uyo, which was made available to our correspondent on Tuesday, observed that for many years, the oil and gas sector was not known to create many jobs.

He, however, explained that with the intervention fund, service providers in the sector would have the capacity to employ more hands, a development that would increase the workforce in the sector by creating additional jobs.

He said, “With respect to the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund, in the last one year, we have launched the $200m intervention fund for our Nigerian oil and gas service providers who are contributors to the Nigerian Content Development Fund. It may interest you to know that we have released the $200m intervention fund to the Bank of Industry for adequate disbursement.

“The intervention fund has all-in single digit interest rate of eight per cent for loans extended to Nigerian oil and gas service providers and all-in single digit interest rate of five per cent for loans extended to community contractors. We will also ensure that the NCIF becomes fully operational and provide statistics of service providers and community contractors who have benefited.”

On compliance and enforcement of local content in the oil sector, Wabote explained that the third party firms that were being put in place would sharpen intervention monitoring and raise the alarm when necessary.

“We will put in place third-party outfits to enhance compliance monitoring in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the industry, as well as sharpen intervention monitoring based on complaints and whistle-blower alerts,” he said.

He further stated that the NCDMB had expanded its operations to cover the midstream and downstream sector of the oil industry, adding that the agency was part of the NLNG business activities and was engaging Dangote Oil Refinery on local content matters.

Wabote said, “We visited Dangote refineries where we agreed on steps to involve more Nigerian companies with capacities for patronage by Dangote Oil Refinery in the development of the project to meet cost and schedule timelines.

“Similarly, a compendium of ancillary businesses required to sustain operation of the refinery is under development to support the operational phase of the huge 650,000 barrels/day refinery.”


NCDMB charges youths on biz environment, investment

Youths from the Niger Delta region must strive to create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive in their communities and refrain from acts that could scare away investors, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote has advised

He stated this recently when a delegation of the Okpoma Kingdom Youth Movement led by its President, Mr. Ebitimi Dilayefa Benson paid him a courtesy visit at the Board’s headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

According to the Executive Secretary, youths and other leaders of the region should work to attract and retain investments that would create employment and impact the economy of their communities and the nation.

He also charged youth groups to always forge a common front and focus on big development demands that would improve their lives and that of other members of their community. Youths must also desist from harassing individuals and companies that seek to acquire parcels of land as such conducts impede the development of the region, he added.

Responding to the group’s demands for training and employment opportunities, Wabote assured that the Board will partner with them by ensuring that top performing youths with good academic qualifications are given requisite trainings that will position them for employment in the oil and gas industry and beyond.

Earlier in his remarks, President of the Okpoma youths lauded the Executive Secretary for his sterling achievements in just one year in office.

He further solicited the Board’s assistance for their members in skill acquisition, entrepreneurship development, workshops, employment and award of contracts.

NCDMB Starts Graduate Agro-Entrepreneurial Training

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has flagged off the pilot phase of the Graduate Agro-Entrepreneurial Training (GAET), designed to train 120 participants for two weeks on poultry farming.

The scheme which is part of the Board’s human capacity building initiatives is aimed at imbuing graduates from oil producing states with Agric-entrepreneurial skills in line with the Federal Government’s economic diversification policy.

Speaking at the kick-off ceremony held at Okitipupa, Ondo State, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote explained that the alternative direct intervention training programme (DITPs) was informed by the fact that only a limited number of persons can be engaged in the oil and gas industry.

He explained that the GAET programme was designed in line with Ondo State Government’s Out Growers Scheme. Upon the completion of their training, the beneficiaries will serve in the proposed Broiler Processing and Rendering Plant which has capacity to process 2000 birds per hour.

Engr. Simbi who was represented by Manager, Capacity Building, NCDMB, Engr. Frank Ibi stated that the programme will equip trainees with basic skills for self-reliance.

He charged participants to be dedicated, adding that successful candidates will be issued NABTEB certificates and provided with grants.

In his words, “NCDMB will provide working capital/grant in form of inputs to enable the graduates start large scale commercial production of chicken and begin to contribute to the National Gross Domestic Product.”

In a goodwill message, the General Manager, Nigerian Content Development, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Engr. Olusoga Oduselu applauded the Board for its capacity building interventions, which have helped to deepen indigenous capabilities. He said, “Your facilitation of this training is a testimony of your commitment to your mandate of building local capacity within the oil and gas sector.”

Oduselu, who was represented by Mr. Charles Ogbiyede of the Policy, Government and Public Affairs Department of CNL, stressed Chevron’s commitment towards creating a nexus between multinationals operating within the Niger Delta region and local small and medium enterprises. According to him, “Chevron Nigeria is committed to building robust partnerships that add significant value to the communities where we operate to ensure value creation and sustainable economic growth.”

He further charged the participants to take full advantage of the opportunity to enhance their skills and better their lives.


IYC Central Zone apologizes for protest against NCDMB

…NCDMB, BYSG to build IPP

The leadership of the Ijaw Youth Congress (Central Zone) has apologized for staging a demonstration against the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, over unfounded allegations that the Board had moved its core operations to Abuja and Lagos and was taking other actions inimical to the state’s interests.

Youths from the IYC Central Zone, numbering over 100 had invaded the NCDMB headquarters at Opolo on August 31st. They pulled down part of the perimeter fence and disrupted work, alleging also that the headquarters building project had been slowed down deliberately.

Chairman, IYC Central Zone, Barr. Tare Porri who led the demonstration returned to the Board on Monday on a courtesy visit and apologized for the group’s ill-advised conduct. He explained that their action was not targeted at the Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote, as the issues predated his appointment in September 2016.

Porri, who recalled that the IYC Central Zone had worked cordially with the Board over the years, averred that “if the Abuja and Lagos offices are for administrative purposes, they should be maintained. We are only opposed to branch offices, which will weaken the operations of the head office.”

The IYC lead also pleaded with the Board to accelerate work on the Polaku pipemill project and the Oil and Gas Park project, being developed in Bayelsa State, as the projects will employ thousands of youths during construction and operation phases.

He also sought the Board’s assistance to enable Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from the Niger Delta states access the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund, so they could grow capacities and win industry contracts.

The IYC leader further requested collaboration on various capacity building initiatives, including a planned workshop on the processes of setting up and running modular refineries, as a strategy of dissuading youths from illegal refining.

In his response, the Executive Secretary accepted the apology from the IYC and charged the group to protect and provide an enabling environment for the Board, being that it is the only federal establishments with its headquarters in the state. “IYC must work to attract investments and prove that citizens of the state are peace loving.”

Wabote reiterated that the Board established a liaison office in Abuja to support its interaction with key arms of government and relevant agencies while the Lagos office is to help effectively monitor oil and gas companies, many of which have their facilities in the city.

He explained that the Polaku pipemill project would be developed as a private investment and the Board’s role was limited to providing primary infrastructure to catalyze the project and guarantee industry patronage when completed. He revealed that the Board had received a fresh interest from an investor, after the first two companies that showed interest in the past failed to concretize their investment plans.

The Executive Secretary also stated that the Board was working progressively on the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park and was partnering with the Bayelsa State Government to build a 25 megawatts independent power plant which will supply electricity to the park located at Emeyal, Ogbia Local Government Area, the government house, state owned hospital, NCDMB new headquarters and the Bayelsa airport. “We are developing it on the back of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s Zabazaba deepwater project and the design has been completed.”

He added, “We are working to complete our headquarters building by December 2018 and if we can have it powered by an IPP, companies will set up offices in our building and we will change the narrative.”

The Executive Secretary also promised to support the IYC with the planned workshop on modular refineries, noting that the Board works with any group that seeks to add value to the society.