NCDMB trains 1000 Secondary School Teachers

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has trained over 1000 science teachers in secondary schools across the country as part of its Teachers Development Training Programme, the Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote said on Saturday.

He spoke at the closing ceremony of the 2nd phase of the training programme in Kastina State, which benefitted 270 teachers and was organised with support from the State Ministry of Education.

Represented by the Director, Planning Research and Statistics, NCDMB, Mr. Patrick Daziba Obah, the Executive Secretary promised that NCDMB would increase the pace of continuous development of teachers across the country.

He explained that the Board’s sponsorship of the retraining programme is borne out of its desire to create new models in the quest for academic knowledge, adding that trainings given to teachers would enable their students to compete with counterparts elsewhere in the world and position them in the knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

He expressed hope that the training of teachers would translate to better performances by their students in WAEC, NECO, JAMB and other national and international examination and lead to better technical skills and craftsmanship.

He also charged the teachers to ensure that Katsina State emerge as number one state in STEM Education and the students amongst the leaders in the quest for technological and industrial self-reliance.

Obah stressed that NCDMB was set up to ensure the development and utilization of Nigerian materials, equipment and workforce in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry and the realization of this important goal required technical workforce, better trained administrators and personnel with essential skills

He maintained that “the teaching methods of yesterday is no longer sufficient for the challenges of today and so we have modified the design and delivery of this programme in response to your needs. This year we have given you electronic tablets with all the reading materials and we have enough reasons to continue to advance the methods of learning.”

Speaking further, Obah stated that NCDMB places a high premium on capacity development, especially in the teaching of STEM education across secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

According to him, “our target is to train a minimum of one thousand science teachers each year and to upgrade and equip technical schools to provide infrastructure required for the acquisition of technical, digitization and essential skills.”

He noted that NCDMB has started the upgrade and equipping of some existing technical and vocational schools and provided modular science laboratories, modern teaching aids and improved science and engineering infrastructure in some tertiary institutions.

In his remarks, the General Manager Capacity Building Division, NCDMB, Dr. Ama Ikiru explained that the Board organized a phase 2 of the programme in Kastina because the state government was receptive of the initiative and collaborated effectively with the Board.

The Commissioner for Education, Kastina State, Dr. Badamasi Lawal commended NCDMB for sponsoring the retraining of teachers in the state, noting that “it is remarkable that an agency that is based in Bayelsa State will come all the way to train teachers in Kastina.”

He noted that students from the state recorded an improved performance in the last WAEC and NECO examinations, an indication that the NCDMB sponsored teachers retraining programme begun in 2018 was already making a positive impact.

The event also featured presentations from some secondary school students and award of prizes to the best participating teachers from the five-week training programme held during the last school holiday period.

NCDMB donates Modular Science Lab, ICT Centre to 2 Schools in Bayelsa

…mulls oil investments in Brass Island

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has donated a modular science laboratory to Model Government Secondary School, Twon Brass and an Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre to Government Secondary School Okpoama, both in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The ICT centre was commissioned on Monday by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva. The facility has two air conditioned rooms, each fully equipped with 31 computers linked to the internet, projector and printer. The centre also has an administrative office, instructor’s office, conference hall and a stand-by generator.
The science laboratory was commissioned by the Member Representing Nembe/Brass Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Isreal Sunny Goli and it has separate laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology and is supported with solar power.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote explained that capacity building is one of NCDMB’s key objectives and the agency had decided to promote such efforts from the primary school level up to the university level. So far, NCDMB had donated 25 ICT centres to secondary schools across the country and built the capacity of teachers in some states, including Kastina and Bayelsa sates, as part of its capacity building and corporate social responsibility programmes.
According to him, “We believe in enhancing the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. It is sad that in some secondary schools, particularly in remote locations, students are taught these subjects without any practical experience.
“Our strategy going forward is to encourage STEM education as well as ICT in secondary schools across the country. These days every entrance examination is done online and we if don’t start inculcating those knowledge in secondary students, most of them will fall behind in meeting up with the ICT age.”
On strategies for maintaining the centres, Wabote explained that NCDMB had instituted a sustainability programme, which includes a one year management arrangement and training of staff and locals to operate the centres.
He assured that NCDMB will run periodic assessments of the facilities and develop new strategies to sustain them. “We have a strategic objective and a plan to follow through on most of these centres we have established for sustainability. For us, it is an end to end thinking in most of these activities we are doing”.
Speaking on oil and gas investment opportunities that could be developed on the Brass Island, the Executive Secretary described the island as a strategic location, stating that it is the closest point from where one can access many of the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) platforms that operate off the shores of Nigerian waters, including Bonga main.
He noted some of the offshore oil and gas fields were currently being accessed from far locations like Lagos, with considerable cost implications. He stated that developing and utilizing nearby locations like Brass Island for oil and gas logistics operations would help the industry meet the recent charge by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources for players in the industry to ensure a significant reduction in the cost per barrel of Nigeria’s crude oil production.
He said “part of the strategy is to site logistics requirements where it is easy to access, reducing time, fuel consumption and improving turnaround maintenance time. A serious study is going on currently to see the things that would be possible on the Island of Brass in order bring down our cost of production.”
He listed other investments opportunities that were being considered by NCDMB for Brass Island to include sitting a modular refinery in partnership with Waltersmith Petroleum Limited and utilizing feed stock from the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, which operates in the location. He added, “It is also a veritable location for even a dry dock facility or a floating dock facility. NCDMB is currently studying a strategy for establishing and enhancing all the existing dry dock facilities to maintain our ships, light crafts and also expand our integration base in the country.”

NCDMB to deepen interventions for North East rehabilitation

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the North East Development Commission (NEDC) will strengthen their collaboration in the execution of intervention programmes for the rehabilitation of persons and places that were badly impacted by insurgency.
The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote and the Executive Director Operations, NEDC, Alhalji Umar Maiwada Mohammed reached this agreement when they met at NCDMB’s Abuja Liason office on Friday.
The meeting was convened for NEDC to appreciate NCDMB for its laudable intervention programmes in the North East, as part of efforts by oil and gas stakeholders in line with the Buhari Plan for the North East.
The meeting also reviewed progress made with respect to NCDMB North East interventions, namely, Fair chance Initiative, NCDMB Neighbourhood Project and Deworming Program of Future Assured Initiative. The two leaders also explored other areas of collaboration including vocational skills acquisition programme for youths in the North East region as well as partnership in the development of strategy for achieving 30 percent Local Content in the 3,050 megawatts Mambilla power project.
Team Lead for the NCDMB North East Project, Mr. Abdulmalik Halilu listed the achievements of the NCDMB Fair Chance Initiative to include the three months training of 107 internally displaced persons in plumbing, welding, carpentry, bead making, general electrician, GSM phone repairs, soft skills and soap making.
He noted that the Board also provided the trainees with starter packs, created online marketing platform and registered them as cooperative associations.
The Board also conducted a three months mentorship programme where the trainees passed through entrepreneurship training by Industrial Training Fund and were assigned to construction sites and productive ventures.
Next steps would be to assign the trained construction workers to NCDMB neighbourhood project, allocate production centers for bead making and soap making trades, brand and link trainees to market outlets and online trading platforms and monitor their growth.
Halilu also reported that the NCDMB Neighbourhood Project had also recorded notable achievements, which included the benchmarking of similar interventions in Mali, to assess buildings constructed with blocks made from Hydraulically Compressed Earth Brick (HCEB) machine, completion of architectural design of buildings, completion of geotechnical survey and confirmation of construction site in Jere LGA.
He added that the project had also received offer of 60 hectares of land for NCDMB Neighbourhood project in Bama from Shehu of Bama and identified source of clay deposits and carried out suitability test by OSKAM of Netherlands. Other achievements included the completion of training of 24 master masons in Mali, who will train masons for the Neighbourhood project, payment for two HCEB machines and identification of Dormanlong as a local fabrication partner to drive local manufacturing of components of HCEB machine as part of sustainability plan.
On the Deworming Program of Future Assured Initiative, the Team Lead confirmed that the project had achieved the deworming of 60,000 pupils across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States and distributed 55,000 Ribena drinks, tooth brushes and Toothpaste to boost oral Hygiene amongst the pupils.
The project had also administered folic acid and Iron tablets to 12,500 pregnant women across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States and trained health workers and school teachers on how to deworm school children, Halilu added.

10 Year Roadmap: NCDMB completes 20 short terms initiatives

… signs deal for 2 Gas Plants, Base Oil Facility

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has completed the implementation of 20 short term initiatives as part of the 10-Year Nigerian Content Strategic Roadmap.

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote stated this on Tuesday at the opening of the 9th edition of the Practical Nigerian Content Workshop held in the conference hall of the new NCDMB headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, with the theme, “Leveraging Local Expertise for Market Growth and Expansion”.

He confirmed that 25 initiatives were planned for the first two years of the roadmap and the duration of five items would be extended, adding that the percentage of Nigerian Content implementation had moved from 26 percent to 30 percent in the last two years of the 10-year plan.

He stated that NCDMB will mark its 10th year anniversary in 2020 and would organize a strategy review session and “evaluate the remaining eight years of the roadmap to put in place necessary measures to meet the 70 percent Nigerian Content target by the year 2027.”

As part of his welcome speech, the Executive Secretary signed agreements for NCDMB’s partnerships in the establishment of two gas plants and a base oil facility.

The first agreement was with Dr. Mason Oghenejobo of Bunorr Integrated Energy Ltd for the establishment of 48,000liters/day Base Oil Production Facility, to be located at Greater Port Harcourt Area, Rivers State.

The second agreement was with Mr. Lanre Runsewe of Rungas Limited for the establishment of 400,000 per day Type-3 LPG Cylinders manufacturing plant, to be developed at Polaku, Bayelsa State, in partnership with NCDMB.

The third deal was executed with Engr. Chibuike Achigbu of Chimons Gas Ltd for the establishment of 168,000MT per annum LPG Loading and Receiving Terminal, to be located at Koko, Delta State.

Wabote expressed hope that the partnerships would help to reverse capital flight currently associated with these products, with the estimated turnover put at $360million per year.

He thanked the Governing Council of NCDMB under the chairmanship of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva for giving approvals for the partnerships.

Giving detailed reports of the Board’s achievements, Wabote reported that NCDMB had secured approvals for the award of nine contracts from the Federal Executive Council to progress work on the development of oil and gas parks in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, and Cross River states, to domicile and domesticate manufacturing in-country.

He mentioned that the Board took up equity in the 12,000 barrels per day AZIKEL Hydroskimming Modular in Bayelsa State after the first partnership with Waltersmith Modular Refinery in Imo State.

He also stated that 20 marine cadets sponsored by the NCDMB are currently overseas to acquire sea-time experience in international waters in Singapore, Australia, USA, Malaysia, and China.

He added that “we have set up additional 6 ICT labs in various secondary schools in the last one year, bringing the total to 24. We have trained over 1,000 teachers as part of the Board’s intervention in STEM education.”

Giving insight into the Board’s plans for year 2020, the Executive Secretary said there will be roll-out of supplier development programs using our industrial parks as a platform, including synergies with NCEC applicants.

He said the Board will also take up 40 marine cadets for seatime training; upgrade two vocational education institutions and set-up five ICT Labs in secondary schools. NCDMB will also train another batch of 1,000 teachers in STEM Education.

Other plans include the planned commissioning of 5,000 barrels per day Waltersmith Modular Refinery initiative, completion of the NCDF Remittance Forensic Audit visitations and wrap up of the tripartite reconciliation sessions by 31st December 2019.

Speaking further, Wabote confirmed that NCDMB intends to roll-out a Local content implementation recognition program in 2020 and implement the harmonized framework for Marine Vessel Categorization.

He also reported that NCDMB had finalized power supply arrangement for its new Headquarters building and the Oil and Gas park at Emeyal-1, Bayelsa State and a power provider for the park in Calabar has also been identified.

With regards to the Sectorial and Regional Market Linkages, he stated “the Board has been co-opted by the Federal Government into the Local Content Working Committee of the 3,050MW Mambilla Hydro Electric Power Plant to link the capacities and capabilities built in the oil and gas sector into the delivery of the multi-billion dollar project.

“In the coming year, we intend to extend our collaboration with sister agencies and other MDA’s to enhance enduring partnerships that support the patronage of local investors.”

Delivering his Ministerial Address, Chief Timipre Sylva, charged local vendors to deliver premium services and support the Federal Government’s strategy of using Local Content to drive down the cost of crude oil production, increase the contribution of the oil sector to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and guarantee the security of oil production.

He said operators “must not allow Local Content to become an excuse for cost over runs, slippages in project delivery schedule or shoddy jobs. We must therefore take practical steps to ensure that we curtail the various elements that contribute to the high cost of production”.

He averred that the entire country was looking up to the sector for increased revenue earnings to fund annual budgets and develop critical infrastructure.

The Minister also commended NCDMB for the development of its 17 storey headquarters building, with a World Class Conference Centre right in the heart of the Niger Delta, executed by a wholly Indigenous Construction Company, Megastar Technical and Construction Company Limited.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Executive Council for granting timely approvals which helped to speed up the completion of the project.

According to him, the building serves as a strong attestation of Mr. President’s love and commitment to the development of the Niger Delta Region.

He further charged multinational oil companies and their indigenous counterparts to take a cue from NCDMB and engage more local contractors in various projects in the oil and gas industry.

Wabote commissions TECON’s Rigs, Visits Xirea Apparel

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote has commissioned two Snubbing Rigs/Hydraulic Workover Units – ISS 340k and ISS 460k – acquired by TECON-NIGERBLOSSOM Group, an indigenous oilfield services company.

The company executes several activities, including Oil Well Fishing, Casing and Tubing Running, Oil Well Snubbing/Hydraulic Workover Services, Machine shop/Tool Fabrication and many others. The company had provided services for multinational companies within Nigeria and in countries such as Congo and Ghana.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary commended TECON for acquiring the assets despite the huge capital outlay and skills required to operate them safely.

He noted that about 300,000 barrels of crude oil are locked-in and require well intervention techniques such as snubbing to unlock.

He expressed the Board’s excitement that the unique area of need had got the attention of a local company to help access some of the industry’s locked-in production.

He emphasized that asset ownership represented one of the key yardsticks used by NCDMB to define a Nigerian company as contained in the provisions of Nigerian Content Act.  “Acquisition of these types of assets buttresses the point that there are genuine Nigerian businesses that are not middlemen or commission agents but are truly on ground and are positioned to offer top-notch services in-country,” he added.

Wabote also hailed the company’s expansion plans, including the development of an Energy Park at the Oginigba Waterfront, which will serve as multi-service center for Fabrication, Supply Base, Marine Construction and Machine shop.

He stated that “the Board is proud to identify with this type of growth mindset because it tallies with our 10-year strategic roadmap aimed at increasing the level of Nigerian Content in the oil and gas sector from current levels to 70% by the year 2027.”

In a related development, the Executive Secretary visited Xirea Apparel in Port Harcourt as part of the efforts to assess in-country capacities in the oil and gas sector.

Speaking during the visit, the Chief Executive Officer, Aerix Group, Mr. Obinna Frederick Eneh said the company was established to “serve independent clothing brands, organizations such as the Military, Oil & Gas companies and E-commerce retailers by satisfying their garment sourcing and production requirements”.

In his response, the NCDMB chieftain commended the company for employing young Nigerians, especially women and training them in the business of industrial garment manufacturing.

Executive Secretary lays foundation for PE Energy Centre for Excellence

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote recently performed the foundation laying of PE Energy Centre for Excellence in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The facility which seats on a 10,800 square meters of land will provide services such as Valves assembling & Automation, HIPPS Assembly and Integration, Metering Skids Assembly and Calibration, Automation and Control Solutions, Process Solutions, Integrated Services including packaged substations & Control Panels.

Speaking at the occasion, the Executive Secretary commended PE Energy limited for their contribution to the growth of the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector and the growth of the Nigerian Content.

He further stated that the Center of Excellence will also assemble Early Production Facilities (EPF’s) and Mobile Production Units (MOPU’s) which are very essential in our country’s aspiration to increase oil and gas production.

According to him, “Instrumentation Control and Automation is a key area of interest to the Board and has a very wide application beyond the oil and gas industry. When completed and fully operational would be utilized as a Center of Excellence for Human Capacity Development in the area of Instrumentation Control and Automation”.

He also applauded the company for contributing to the resurgence of Trans Amadi as an industrial area where investors should move into for their businesses to thrive.

Wabote appreciated the International Operating Companies for their support in the successful implementation of Nigerian Content and encouraged them and other Oil and Gas service providers to see investments as a means of cost reduction and enhancement of the reliability and availability of their production facilities.

In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, PE Energy Limited, Engr. Daere Akobo commended NCDMB for its strategic implementation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act 2010, noting that PE Energy limited is a Nigerian wholly owned establishment.

He sought for more support from other international oil and servicing companies in the development of the facility so it would become a hub for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Capacity Building Strategies must evolve with tech trends-Wabote

The Nigerian oil and gas industry needs to modernize its human capacity development frameworks and strategies to meet technological changes and emerging trends in our industry and society.

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote gave the advice recently at the 2019 human capacity development workshop organised by the Board in Port Harcourt.

He remarked that massive technological changes were taking place in the industry, including the operation of FPSOs with zero personnel on Board, and robots carrying out underwater inspections and repairs.

He added that “the Board wants to champion the industry readiness for change by implementing the human capacity development initiatives from this moment. We need to sow the seeds today so that we will reap the benefits 10-years from now.”

He sought for the collaboration of the stakeholders, noting that the Board cannot do it alone.

According to the Executive Secretary, “one of the areas to address is the need to modify our training curriculum. The design, mode of delivery, and the desired outcome need to be looked into. The key outcomes should be employability and entrepreneurial skills. It should be such that the training will impact skills that employers are in dire need of.

“It should also be possible for the trainee to choose to be an entrepreneur based on the knowledge acquired at our project-based or direct-intervention trainings.”

He also harped on the need to provide learning infrastructure for the critical skill areas, a good example being the Board’s partnership with Aker Solution in the development of Subsea Learning Center in Yenagoa. He stated that “we need something similar for Instrumentation, Control and Automation. We look forward to delivery of our collaboration with PTDF on the completion and utilisation of the Skill Acquisition Center here in Port Harcourt.”

Wabote also charged the industry to re-ignite the passion and respect for Vocational Education in the country and accord respect to vocational skills such as scaffolders, welders, carpenters, and the rest.

Giving a report on NCDMB’s performance in human capacity building, the Executive Secretary said the Board have so far delivered close to 9million training manhours across the project-based and direct intervention training.

He also confirmed that NCDMB have put in place 60-20-20 training model, in which 60 per cent of the Board’s and industry’s training resources and efforts will be devoted to providing young Nigerians with specialized skills they need to secure employment.

He added that “under the new strategy, beneficiaries are provided with qualitative skills and international certifications that will position them for employment within and outside Nigeria. Twenty percent of the training is geared towards improvement of the productivity of already employed personnel while another 20 percent of spend on training is used for trainings on soft skills.”

He reported that a key outcome of the Board’s HCD interventions is that Nigerians now successfully operate fields divested by multi-nationals. “We have indigenous companies with world-class capacities. We regularly export part of the skills acquired outside the shores of the land.”

Exec Sec visits PTI, promises support to facility upgrade

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Kesiye Wabote on Thursday visited the Petroleum Training Institute in Effurun, Delta to assess the state of facilities in the institution and determine areas the Board could assist to upgrade its operations.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary stated that the visit was in furtherance of the directive by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timpre Sylva during the recent Ministerial Retreat for active collaboration between the agencies within the ministry.
He promised that NCDMB would collaborate closely with PTI and add value with a view to bringing PTI back to its glorious days.
He recalled that PTI was set up to develop middle level manpower and technicians for the oil and gas sector, adding that the institution provided most of the production technicians, instrumentation and other skilled personnel in the industry before it began to decline.
Responding to the requests made by the Principal of PTI, Prof Sunny Iyuke, the Executive Secretary confirmed that the demands cut across some interventions of the NCDMB and would be looked into.
He however charged the management of PTI to articulate the demands properly and make them specific, with particular reference to the establishment of a centre of excellence within the institution.
Noting that NCDMB was already promoting Centres of Excellence on a number of areas, Wabote added that “it will be nice if PTI will articulate which area it wants to focus on so we can make it a foremost centre of excellence.”
He also promised to support PTI’s plan to establish a modular refinery which would serve as a teaching aid to students.
He argued that if Nigeria had focussed early on research and development with regards to refineries, the petroleum sector would have been to keep its three refineries working optimally.
According to him “Our refineries are suffering because we do not have perhaps the technical know-how to fix them and the manpower to research and innovate things and to keep them running.”
On the area of capacity building, Wabote said the state of the facilities in PTI will influence the Board’s decision to continue to send candidates for training and re-training to PTI or if the facilities would first need to be upgraded to the desired level.
Earlier in his speech, the Principal of PTI, Prof Sunny Iyuke stated that the Minister of State for Petroleum had charged NCDMB and PTI to collaborate in carrying out research and development on the use of local materials for production optimization and to produce locally formulated drilling fluids for enhanced recovery.
According to him, the Minister also charged the two bodies to serve as a data bank and training centre for the Nigerian oil refining and human capacity building; to carry out research and development on technology to curb smuggling of petroleum products across the nation’s borders and to develop enabling governance framework and regulatory environment on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Technology for Nigeria that will generate emission credits through projects in various sectors of the oil and gas industry and reduce greenhouse gas emission and flaring.
Other assignments from the Minister, Iyuke said, included building and operating a 2500 barrels per day modular refinery integrated with fluid catalytic cracker (FCC), to provide low level manpower certification and training for the focal areas of the oil industry and to be involved in basic skills development programmes.

Niger Benue Transport Coy a model on Strategic Innovation

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Kesiye Wabote has commended the Niger Benue Transport Company (NBTC) for keeping the company operational for over 50 years and changing its business strategy to meet emerging opportunities and trends.

He spoke on Thursday after visiting the company’s facilities in Warri, Delta State, noting that the company had achieved a rare feat in Nigeria. “It is difficult to see a company last this long in our clime.
I hope to see NBTC live for 100 years and acquire the Royal Seal,” he added.
He commended the owners and managers of NBTC for accomplishing the company’s transition from a trading company into an oil servicing firm, with assets and operations in marine vessels, fabrication, ship repairs and ancillary businesses.
Wabote said NCDMB will support NBTC to continue to take advantage of the changing times to provide increased value in the sector.

He stated that NBTC had huge potential, noting “that there are opportunities for us to harness in this particular facility to increase Local Content penetration, particularly in servicing the oil and gas sector.”

He added that “there is also huge potential to create jobs for the teeming youths around Warri and its environs, and also actively support the offshore business that is emerging in our economy today. I think that with focus and the right kind of support, they are prepared to go places and provide services.”

The Executive Secretary explained further that the Board had a strong interest in the marine sector because of its importance to the operations in the oil and gas industry.

He recalled that the marine sector was dominated by foreign players before the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act was signed into law in April 2010. He noted that local participation in the sector was about four percent at that time, before the Board begun to encourage Nigerian investors to participate and that led to a marked increase in local participation in the marine sector to 40 percent, with potential to grow further.

NAOC, NCDMB hold workshop for oil sector contractors

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.