Kenya, Congo move to adopt Nigeria’s oil sector local content policy


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KENYA has extended an invitation to the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) towards adopting the policy for its oil and gas sector.

This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Earnest Nwapa, who recently returned from Kenya’s oil and energy local content convention in Nairobi.

Nwapa was invited to the convention to share his experiences with Kenyans on how to help them design local content policies and guidelines.

The convention was organized by the Oil and Energy Services Limited in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy and was in furtherance of the visit of the Kenyan President and his delegation to Nigeria in May 2014 to advance Kenya-Nigeria Partnership.

In January 2014, the Government of Congo Brazzaville also invited NCDMB to help it put in place policies on national content, privatization and commercialization.

The invitation to the NCDMB by African countries follows several commendations it has received within the country.

Last month, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke confirmed that the Federal Government was pleased with the contributions of Nigerian Content to the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.

She said: “We are all extremely pleased at the Federal level with the various achievements this Board has recorded within this period of time. It is quite clear from our various movements particularly when we go to international fora and see the numbers of Nigerians that are now exhibiting the services they deliver to the industry. It is progressing robustly every year and going from strength to strength. Within Nigeria, the success of Nigerian Content is incredible.”

The Minister also underscored the adoption of the Nigerian content philosophy by other sectors of the economy like the Ministry of Communications Technology and Ministry of Power as further proof that the implementation of the Act has been effective.

Recently, the Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo also commended NCDMB on the achievements it recorded with the implementation of the Nigerian Content Act in the past four years, noting that managers of the power sector were desirous of replicating similar successes for the benefit of the economy.



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