ESUT graduate wins NCDMB Prize for Engineering Research

A final year student of Engineering at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu State, Emmanuel Obasi Chukwumelue has emerged the winner of the NCDMB Prize for Best Engineering Research.

His research publication was adjudged the best by COREN and the Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology (CODET) amongst other projects by final year students from universities across the country.  He was rewarded with a cash prize of Six Hundred Thousand Naira (N600,000.00).

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote who presented the award after delivering his goodwill message at the ongoing 28th Engineering Assembly holding in Abuja explained that the award is meant to promote Research and Development culture among young engineers. He disclosed that the NCDMB is concluding plans with CODET on how to support research work and bring research findings and products into the market as part of 10-year Research and Development roadmap of the Board.

Wabote charged the engineering professionals to take lead in Research and Development as the pathway to addressing challenges and avenue to providing solutions to societal problems.

In his words, “in line with the theme of this year’s event, I look forward to greater strategic alliance amongst engineering professionals to tap into the R&D opportunities presented by the Board and develop solutions to societal problems.”

Take Nigerian Content seriously, NCDMB tells Gas Flare Commercialisation Applicants

Successful applicants for the Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Program (NGCFP) have been advised to get familiar with key provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act to ensure that they comply with the Act in the execution of the projects.

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote gave the advice in the keynote address he delivered at a conference organised by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources for the applicants in Abuja on Monday.

He counselled them to imbibe the compliance mind set, noting that the Nigerian Content Act was designed to protect investors and not to frustrate business endeavours.

He said applicants should focus on technical safety in their operations adding that ”most operators will insist on top-notch technical assurance to show that you have the right systems in place to take over the flared gas from their facility.”

He further advised them to start with the number of flare sites they can handle and grow sustainably and to complete end-to-end thinking before submitting proposals, because centers for flares utilisation projects are usually at considerable distance from the flare sites.

Other nuggets from the Executive Secretary to the applicants include: ”be very creative with structuring your source of funding, it is most unlikely that you will get your funding from a single source. Data is king. Get the right resource to analyse and interpret the data set for your field/flare site of interest.

”Some aspects of the value chain is partially deregulated or not deregulated at all. Factor these into you financial models with realistic assumptions. Collaborate to divide and conquer. For example, you can focus on LPG extraction while you partner with someone else that uses the stripped gas for power generation.

”There are several technologies out there for gas processing. Beware of reliance on untested and unproven technology. Some communities have come to rely on the flare as source of heat for some of their activities, it is important to beware of this as you take over their ‘source of heat’.

”Some studies show that gas to power and LPG extraction are the most economic means of flare gas utilisation. Ensure you carry out a valid feasibility study of your preferred or target flare gas utilisation.”

The Executive Secretary also congratulated the applicants for scaling through the rigorous selection process which had seen only 25 percent of the companies that indicated interest in the program get to the next stage.

He quoted data from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources which indicated that if the 700MMsc/day of flared gas in Nigeria was properly harnessed, the nation can produce 600,000 MT of LPG per year and generate 2,500MW of power from new and existing independent power projects to serve the economy.

He further indicated that the Board’s Investment Policy devotes substantial portion of the Nigerian Content Development Fund (NCDF) to support project promoters in the areas of LPG penetration and power.

He said, “Our $200million Nigerian Content Intervention Fund is still available especially if you are a contributor to the NCDF. We are the custodian of the Project 100 initiative currently having 60 beneficiaries. The second batch of the program will be rolled out in Q1, 2020 to nurture and support businesses in areas of need such as Human Capacity Development, Access to Market, Funding, etc. You too can apply once the application details are published.”

He also encouraged partnerships and collaboration among the bidders, adding that some companies stand a better chance when they team to combine resources.

Obong Calabar commends NCDMB on Cross/River NOGaPS

The Grand Patriarch of the Efiks and the Obong of Calabar, His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu (V) has commended the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for inaugurating the Community Interface Committee for the Nigerian Oil and Gas Parks Scheme (NOGaPS) located at Odukpani, Cross River State.
He made the commendation after the inauguration of the Committee at the town hall meeting held for stakeholders of the Cross River NOGaPS project at Onim Ankiong in Odukpanu LGA of Cross River State.
Edidem Otu (V) stated that the NOGaPS project brought to Odukpani LGA would catalyse the development of Cross River State and applauded the kick-off ceremony with the contractors and their outlined work scopes. He enjoined the communities to support the project and ensure that the state takes its pride of place in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
In his welcome address, the Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote lauded President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) for approving for the award of contracts for the second phase of the Cross River State oil and gas park. He noted that the meeting was another milestone in the Board’s continuous engagement with key stakeholders on the ongoing development of NOGaPS in the area.
He commended the success so far recorded on the project with the maximum cooperation from the communities, especially, the fencing and sand works, describing them as the beginning of greater things to come.
Introducing the contractors, the Executive Secretary named Messrs Faith Plant Global Services International Limited as the contractor for the construction of the Capacity Building centre and EST Master Construction Limited as responsible for the construction of Security Gate and Administrative Building. Others are Altex Engineering Services Limited charged with the construction of the Hostel/Mini Estate, and Linzo Contracting Limited as the contractor for the construction of internal roads and drainage system.
He congratulated the contractors on their awards and urged them to use the delivery of the projects to further develop their capacities and that of the communities hosting the industrial park. He also expressed gratitude to the various communities for their cooperation and support on the development of the park, which according to him is expected to be commissioned by the first quarter of 2021.
Giving his remarks on behalf of the contractors, the CEO, Faith Plant Global International Services Limited, Evang. Michael Asuquo praised the Board for finding them worthy and fit to work on the project. He promised that the contractors would give host communities ample opportunities to work on the project.
Evang. Asuquo enjoined the youths to take advantage of the project and remain peaceful, focused and committed to the objectives. He disclosed that the success of the project thus far, was as a result of the unflinching support and doggedness of Engr. Simbi Wabote to grow indigenous capacity.
In his comments, the Acting Clan Head of Onim Ankiong Clan and Chairman of the CIC, Barr. Edet Etim Okon commended the NCDMB for brining the project to his community and solicited the support of every stakeholder to make the project a success. He assured the Executive Secretary that the CRS NOGaPS CIC will work effectively in line with the provisions of its Terms of Reference.
It could be recalled that the ground breaking ceremony of CRS NOGaPS was held in March 2018. The industrial park is expected to be commissioned in 2021.

NCDMB sets up Community Interface Committee for Bayelsa NOGaPS

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has inaugurated a Community Interface Committee (CIC) for the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park Scheme NOGaPS) located at Emeyal 1 in Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa State.

The committee was set up to enhance the interface between the communities, the contractors and the Board and would ensure community participation, cordial relationship and promote compliance to the Community Content elements of the project.

The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote inaugurated the committee recently during a town hall meeting held to formally introduce the contractors that will execute the newly approved work scopes on the industrial park. He explained that the committee would ensure conducive environment for the execution of the contracts awarded for the development of the site at Emeyal 1 NOGaPS. “Hence, the Board deemed it fit to constitute a committee made up of representatives from the communities, the contractors and the Board”, Engr. Wabote said.

Enumerating the roles and responsibilities of the committee, he announced that His Royal Highness Jephthah Ogba Wolisi will serve as the chairman. Other members include representatives of the host communities, contractors and the NCDMB, while Mr. Kelly Olaye of the NCDMB will serve as the secretary. The committee’s existence will terminate at the completion of the project or whenever the management of NCDMB determines that their services is no longer required.

Speaking further, the Executive Secretary commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the next phase of the project which entails the key infrastructure for the NOGaPS site. He noted that the Federal Government was impressed with the harmonious manner way the contractors have been working with the community since the commencement of the project.

Introducing the contractors, he disclosed that Messrs OK Isokariari & Sons would be responsible for the road construction and capacity building centre, which when completed will be a technical skill development centre at the park, while MegaStar Construction Company Nigeria Limited is responsible for the construction of security and administrative block and hostel/mini estate. According to him, the project will be successfully completed if there is maximum cooperation between the communities, the contractors and NCDMB.

Responding on behalf of the contractors, the chief executive of MegaStar Construction Company Nigeria Limited, Arc. Harcourt Adukeh commended the Executive Secretary for the initiative and stated that the NOGaPS project was the first of its kind where the Board organized a proper kick-off with the community. He appealed to the communities to stick to the terms of reference in providing workforce for the project and not short change qualified indigenes in the area.

On procurement opportunities in the project, Adukeh indicated that advertisements will be placed on local newspapers and the company’s website for community suppliers to register within a specified window, adding that only successful suppliers who qualify will be considered and notified. He also promised that applicant suppliers that lack requisite documentations will be assisted in a bid to get the persons that will work for the community. He also pledged to promote cordial relationship with the communities and to visit the paramount ruler to pay due respects.

In his response, the chairman of the Bayelsa NOGaPS CIC, His Royal Highness Jephthah Wolisi thanked the Executive Secretary for the opportunity and pledged the committee’s commitment to make the NOGaPS project a success. He appealed to community leaders and youths to give the project the needed support.

Giving the vote of thanks, the Obhanobham III of Ogbia Kingdom, His Eminence Dumaro Charles Owaba expressed gratitude to the Board for initiating the project and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to the welfare of the communities in the area. He also praised the quality of contractors mobilised to site, while charging all parties to be resolute in the delivery of their duties.

The royal father enjoined all concerned to work harmoniously to achieve the set goals for the overall good of the area to berth development and industrialization. He noted the first oil well in Nigeria which Ogbia is known for had no direct impact on the populace but the advent of the NOGaPS project marks the commencement of development in the area.

NCDMB to support Yenagoa New City Project

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) would continue to work harmoniously with Bayelsa State Government to achieve its developmental programmes, particularly the New Yenagoa City Project.

The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote made the commitment recently in a goodwill message he delivered at the launch of the New Yenagoa City in the Bayelsa State capital. He described the Board as a key developmental partner of the state and promised to support the current administration realise the developmental projects it has started.

He stated that NCDMB was established under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and was presently the only key federal establishment with its headquarters in the state. He added that the Board would soon adorn the Yenagoa skyline with its 17 storey headquarter building which would be commissioned before the end of 2019, adding that the building would stand as the tallest edifice in southern Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary commended the state government for embarking on such a huge project and reemphasised that the Board would work with the administration to realize the New Yenagoa City project.

Present at the event were the former Head of State, His Excellency, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, the former President, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former Military Governors of old Rivers State, Brig. Gen. Anthony Ukpo and HRM King Alfred Diete-Spiff and a host of other dignitaries.

Highpoint of the city project launch was the presentation of Certificates of Occupancy by the Governor of Bayelsa State, Rt. Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson to the New Yenagoa City Development Agency, special guests and other allottees.

The New Yenagoa City spans over 600 hectares of land allocated for pilot development with over 350 hectares of prime greenfield land dedicated to a 1000 housing unit Government Reservation Area earmarked for construction by public private partnership, an 18-hole PGA Golf Course, a planned Golf Estate, Polo grounds, hotels and a heliport to offer an attractive mix of residential and commercial development in the Niger Delta area. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by the last quarter of 2019.

Executive Secretary charges Ijaw Youths against vices

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote Kesiye has enjoined the Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC) to reorientate the youths from the Niger Delta to shun violence, thuggery and other nefarious activities in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa State.

He gave the charge when the new executive of the Ijaw Youth Congress, Central Zone paid him a courtesy visit at the Board’s headquarters in Yenagoa. He challenged the IYC Zonal leadership to be non-partisan in the forthcoming elections and remain focused in leading young persons to demand good governance, progress and development.

He thanked the new IYC leadership for the visit and noted the significant role of youths in societal development, hence, the need to channel their energy to productive uses. In his response to the request made by the youth organisation, the Executive Secretary promised to support their planned sensitization workshop aimed at dissuading youths from indulging in violence during the forthcoming elections and engaging them in capacity building programs of the Board.

Making his earlier remarks, Chairman of the IYC, Central Zone, Comrade Kennedy Olorogun commended the Executive Secretary for his transformational leadership and the Board’s achievements since he took on the saddle. He disclosed that NCDMB had done a lot for the Ijaw nation since its inception in Yenagoa, thus they were encouraged to visit and ask for other areas of support and collaboration to sustain the good relationship between the Board and the IYC.

Executive Secretary Tasks Society on Waste Management

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote has charged the Waste Management Society of Nigeria, Bayelsa State Branch to intensify its advocacy for efficient waste management and provision of portable water for indigenes of Bayelsa State.
He gave the charge recently when the Waste Management Society, Bayelsa State Branch paid him a courtesy visit at the Board’s headquarters in Yenagoa. He urged the group to engage the state government robustly because of the criticality of waste management and the huge cost of tackling the challenges.
The Nigerian Content Chieftain clarified that the Board lacked the resources to solve all the challenges tabled before it by stakeholders but assured the society of the Board’s willingness to partner with it to propagate broad awareness about the challenges of waste management and the need for portable water through relevant channels.
He advised the society to furnish the Board with a proposal for partnership for consideration and used the opportunity to intimate the delegation of the Board’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, including the partnership with the Rotary Club of Yenagoa to provide portable water to selected post primary schools and communities, capacity building programmes for science teachers and training programmes in technical and vocational skills for youths.
He thanked the Waste Management Society for the visit and for drawing attention to the challenges of waste management in Bayelsa State. The Executive Secretary further noted that the threat of underwater pollution is real and demands urgent action by all critical stakeholders.
In his earlier remarks, the State Councillor of the Bayelsa State Branch of the Society, Mr. Paminola Walson commended the Executive Secretary for his prompt approval of their visit despite his tight schedule. Mr. Walson drew attention to the numerous challenges of waste management in the state considering its peculiar terrain.
He raised concerns about the impact of poor waste management on underground water sources in the state and the poor hygiene practices of the people. The State Councillor further intimated the Executive Secretary that the society is doing a lot to raise the required awareness and was also seeking support to build requisite facilities that could help in waste management in Bayelsa State.
He solicited the Board’s support for the development of a modern facility for waste management as well as assistance in relevant capacity building trainings.

NCDMB, Notore explore investment opportunities

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) will support Notore Chemical Industries Plc to fully develop its industrial complex so it could offer integrated services to oil and gas companies and increase its contributions to the agricultural and infrastructural sectors. The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote visited the company in Eleme, Rivers State recently and took extensive ground and aerial tour of the facilities.

He stated that the agro-allied, petrochemicals and power company had bigger potentials for industrialization, notably because it has natural gas resources, generates its own electricity and had recently been granted free trade zone status by the Federal Government. He added that the ample land mass and other natural assets also positioned the complex perfectly for hosting allied industries and serving as logistics base for key oil and gas operations. He said: ”This facility is just 15 kilometres to NLNG in Bonny, so there is potential to participate in the NLNG Train 7 project. There is vast land here, so you can also have accommodation for projects. This location could become a staging ground for most of the NLNG construction that would happen.”

Wabote suggested that the Notore’s facility could also be considered for the execution of SNEPCo’s Bonga-South West Aparo’s deep water project. ”That project would also happen and we are looking for draft and you have it here. There are potentials for ancillary factories that support the oil and gas sector.”

Recalling that the complex suffered poor management when it operated as National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria (NAFCON), Wabote commended the current management for revitalizing the assets and expressed delight that key operations of the fertilizer plant were being run by Nigerians. He said: ”All the people manning the operations are Nigerians. The feeling is unbelievable and this is what we talk about in NCDMB in terms of industrialization and the synergy we must build across sectors. This is one of those companies that are changing the face of Nigeria in terms of agriculture. What the company does and the impact to our economy is unbelievable.”

In his comments, the Group Chairman of Notore Chemical Plc, Mr. Onajite Paul Okoloko thanked the Executive Secretary for the visit and appreciation of the potentials that exists in the facility.

He explained that Notore’s assets straddled across the agricultural, oil and gas and infrastructural sectors and the management was working to build a second plant fertilizer plant, which would facilitate increased support to farmers with high yield fertilizers and best practices for more agricultural production.

Okoloko said the company was determined to build an industrial city and commercialize some of its assets, which includes the 560 hectares of land and two kilometres of water front. According to him, ”the larger picture from one of our subsidiaries, Notore Industrial City is to create an industrial chemical estate. Our free trade zone is rated number 1 by PricewaterhouseCoopers in the sense that it has a deep river port, 10.5 meters of tradable draft, with direct access to the ocean. We also have 560 hectares of land and is the only free trade zone in the country that has gas and power.

”In our estate you can have fertilizer plants and petrochemicals because we have the gas infrastructure so you can use that as raw material. At the same time we have a logistics base that can support the oil and gas industry. So we have the logistics on one hand and the commercialization of gas which is being flared in the country, so this becomes a gas hub.”

He stated that the company would work with various stakeholders to ”optimize the location to create significant amount of industrialization which is key to the economic growth of the country and at the same time employ a huge amount of local skills to support the facility we have here.”


Wabote, NCDMB win Nigerian Business Leadership Awards

Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) was on Saturday in Lagos honoured as the Transformational Business Leader in Public Sector in 2019 by the BusinessDay Nigerian Business Leadership Awards.

The NCDMB was also recognized as the Government Agency of the Year for Enabling Business.

The awards review committee stated that the Executive Secretary was providing exemplary leadership at the NCDMB and had spearheaded several initiatives which are helping to create a conducive environment for the private sector to thrive. It added that the award celebrates ”a public officer under whose inspirational leadership new opportunities for domestic prosperity are being unlocked.”

Receiving the awards, Wabote thanked the management of BusinessDay and the Awards Review Committee for the recognitions and expressed delight that ”the media and populace fully appreciate our efforts in using Nigerian Content to create employment opportunities and to promote the growth of the local economy.”

He dedicated the awards to his family and staff of the NCDMB, stressing that ”I have succeeded in this role simply because I have the full support of the management and staff of the NCDMB. Their commitment and dedication to duty is second to none.”

Wabote thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity to serve as the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB and underscored the support received from the Presidency to deliver on the mandates contained in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act.

He stated that the Board had pushed a few new ideas in the last two and a half years, including Equity investments in strategic third party projects, introduction of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with international and indigenous operating companies to enhance the Ease of Doing Business, creation of the US$200m Nigerian Content Intervention Fund to provide affordable and accessible credit for local oil service companies, progression of industrial parks to domesticate oil and gas components manufacturing and construction of the Board’s 17-storey Headquarters Building in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

According to him, ”we feel highly elated that our modest ideas and efforts are making the desired impacts and have attracted recognitions,” assuring that ”these awards will reenergize us to do more for our country.”

Other Awards conferred on the night included Life Time Achievement Awards, Global Awards and Sectoral Awards. Personalities honoured with the Life Time Achievement Awards included Mr. Haresh Keswani, the Group Managing Director of Artee Group; Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Founder/CEO, The Chair Centre Group and Chairman, Board of Director, First Bank Limited; Dr Layi Francis Fatona, Managing Director, Niger Delta Exploration & Production Plc;  Dr. Pascal Dozie, founder and Chairman of Kunoch Ltd and former chairman of MTN Nigeria and Mr. Tunde Afolabi, Chairman/CEO of Amni International Petroleum Development Company.

Oil Service Firms to benefit from AfCFTA -Wabote, MAN President

Local oil and gas service companies and manufacturing outfits that have built their capacities and capabilities will benefit immensely from Nigeria’s recent signing of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA), the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote and President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mr. Mansur Ahmed have said.

They spoke on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State at the commissioning of Alcon’s ultra-modern factory for Electrical Power Distribution Panels and Switchgears, set up in partnership with ABB, a world leading electrical and power original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

The facility has an annual capacity of 750 main distribution panels,1,200 sub main DBs to over 5000 consumer units and can engage 150 personnel.

Delivering the keynote address at the event, the Executive Secretary stated that investments like Alcon’s opens the span of opportunities from the national to continental levels. According to him the ”establishment of such manufacturing outfits will enhance the delivery of the target benefits under the AfCFTA agreement.”

He said ”if you take the population of Africa and the potential market and given the general level of development of countries, the sky is the limit for any manufacturer that makes the right investment, has the right quality and partnerships.”

He commended Alcon for being the first company to obtain NCDMB’s ‘Nigerian Content Equipment Certificate (NCEC) Category A’ for Electrical Switchgear and Panel Building and announced that the Board would no longer grant approvals for operators in the oil and gas industry to import the products manufactured by Alcon.

He further charged the company to continue to deliver top-notch Low Voltage panels as well as introduce new products with the quality than can match those that are manufactured in any part of the world and promised that NCDMB would continue to educate industry stakeholders about the company’s capabilities through the NOGIC JQS platform.

Wabote also commended ALCON for its ability to nurture a formidable partnership with ABB, stating that it ”attests to the fact that if local companies have the right processes and procedures in place, international OEMs will be willing to form alliances and partnerships that endure.

In his remarks, President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mansur Ahmed charged Alcon and other manufacturers to take advantage of the opportunities presented by President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent signing of the continental free trade agreement, which will bring the 55 African countries into one common market.  He explained that AfCFTA will generate a market of 1.2 billion people and an active economy of trillions. He added that, ”every manufacturer or investor should look at that and begin to thrive. I am glad that Alcon is seeing this vision and there is plan for expansion. As we go into the AfCTA, we are going to create a bigger market, four to five times bigger than what exists presently.“

In his address, the Managing Director of Alcon, Mr. Gerardo Della Santa stated that the factory was the largest of its kind in Nigeria and had trained its personnel locally as well as in Egypt and Italy to keep pace with new technologies and new products. He described the facility as landmark because it will transfer technology in a highly specialized sector, create new jobs and expertise. ”We perform the full cycle of the panel production, design, customization, assembly, testing, packaging and delivery,” he said. Santa confirmed that the company had received all required certifications from ABB and Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) to operate as a panel builder. He thanked NCDMB for believing in the company’s vision and the Bank of Industry for providing the financial support for the investment.

The Country Managing Director, Nigeria, ABB, Mr. Hany Abd-Elazim underscored the company’s long partnership with Alcon and its support for the new production facility, noting that it had huge value addition in line with the Local Content initiative. He expressed delight that the new facility will create job opportunities and improve productivity in Nigeria. He added that the factory provided an opportunity to export products within the ECOWAS region and expand to the continent when the African Free Trade Area takes effect from mid 2020. “This will support the cooperation to have local value added products from Nigeria to be exported,” Abd-Elazim said.