The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and its joint venture partners with the support of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) have organized a two-day workshop on compliance with the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act.
The workshop, held in Port Harcourt recently, sought to enlighten contractors on the regulations, policies and laws that are applicable in the oil and gas industry and encourage compliance.
Delivering the keynote address, the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote represented by the General Manager, Projects Certification and Authorization Division (PCAD), Engr. Paul Zuhumben commended NAOC/ENI for hosting the workshop annually.
He stated that the Board developed the Nigerian Content 10-Year Strategic Roadmap hinged on five strategic pillars and four enablers, to enable it achieve the desired goal of growing the Nigerian Content level in the industry from the current 30 percent to 70 percent in 2027.
According to him, “domiciliation of value adding activities is one of the key objectives of the Board. We are excited that operators and service companies now heed our call to develop human capacity of Nigerians through workshops like this.”
Engr. Zuhumben charged the participants to familiarize themselves with the Nigerian Content Act and the Board’s 10 Year Strategic roadmap.
In his welcome address, the Vice Chairman/ Managing Director of NAOC, Mr. Lorenzo Fiorillo, represented by the General Manager – District, Mr. Alessandro Tiani, said the workshop was organized to develop the capacity of Nigerian owned companies to actively participate in the oil and gas industry and achieve the objectives of the NOGICD Act.
He further stated that this year’s workshop is the 6th edition and was designed to re-educate the contractors on the provisions of the NOGICD Act in order to raise their level of compliance as well as empower and enhance the capacities for favorable bids and execution of projects in the industry.
In his remarks, the Head of Government and External Relations, Oando, Mr. Adeyemi Oreagba, who represented the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wale Tinubu, commended NCDMB for the giant stride it made in the implementation of the Act.
He assured that Oando will continue to collaborate with the joint venture partners to support the promotion of Local Content, community contractors and vendors in doing business in the oil and gas industry.