Stella Maris Honours Wabote

Stella Maris College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State recently honoured the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote, with an award of excellence as one of the most outstanding students of the 1984 class.

Describing the basis of the award, the President of the Old Boys Association, Barrister Sir Emeka Anthony Ichoku noted that Wabote deserved to be included in the honours roll because of his distinguished career in the Oil and Gas Industry.

According to the school record, the Executive Secretary was the Senior Prefect of the 1984 class of the college, indicative that his leadership potentials were spotted very early in his life.

The award was presented during the school’s seventieth anniversary celebration in Port Harcourt. Receiving the award, Engr. Wabote thanked the old boys’ association and congratulated the principal, staff, students and old boys of his alma mater on the successful celebration.

The anniversary attracted guests from all walks of life which included the Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Hon. Dr. Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, the Catholic Bishop of Port Harcourt Diocese, Most Rev. Camillus Etukudo represented by the principal of the school, Rev. Fr. Anthony Baakell and a cross-section of old students of other post-primary schools in Port Harcourt.

The highpoint of the occasion was the anniversary lecture on Nigerian Federalism and Restructuring delivered by Prof. Solomon Ebubrah.

NCDMB, Edo Govt to partner on Enterprise Park

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) would partner the Government of Edo State in the development of the Benin Enterprise Park (BEP).

The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote made the commitment on Thursday when Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki led a delegation to the Board’s Abuja liaison office.

The Edo Enterprise Park (BEP) is being sponsored by the Edo State Government and Amaya Capital – a principal Energy investment firm, as a private-sector led industrial park. BEP aims to provide efficient and competitive infrastructure to international and local companies. The project will be developed in phases over a 900 hectare location along the Benin-Sapele highway and would have a designated area for oil and gas service companies.

The project is expected to benefit from a dedicated gas pipeline with direct interconnection to natural gas trunk line and a direct gas sales agreement with reliable gas suppliers.

According to Obaseki the project would take advantage of “significant gas reserves within the state, being on the route of the core Escravos to Lagos gas trunk line with capacity of approximately two billion cubic feet of gas per day.”

In his response, the Executive Secretary commended the concept of the Edo Enterprise Park (BEP) and affirmed that the Board would partner the Edo State Government in the development. He confirmed that NCDMB made budgetary provision for the Edo Oil and Gas and Park in the 2018 budget, particularly for land acquisition.

He said the Board would also be willing to partner the Edo Government to catalyze other sectors of the economy provided there would be return on such investments. “There is a lot we can do in the gas corridor in Edo. We have to diversify from crude oil in order to change the thinking in the Niger Delta.”


NCDMB, NLNG hold knowledge sharing workshop

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) have held a knowledge sharing cum capacity building workshop in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The workshop is an initiative of the Projects Certification and Authorization Division (PCAD) of the NCDMB and was conceived to foster knowledge in different areas in the Oil and Gas industry, enhance performance and deepen the relationship between PCAD and different operators/project promoters, so that both parties can understand the technicalities of their partners and Nigerian Content opportunities.

According to Engr. Paul Zuhumben, General Manager PCAD, this year’s program enabled staff of the division to understand Nigeria LNG’s business value chains, processes and vendor management systems. It also provided an opportunity for NCDMB to make relevant NLNG personnel to understand the different Nigerian Content opportunities derivable from their projects.

The intent is to improve value addition in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry, which in turns improves the other sectors of the economy as envisaged in the Board’s 10 years strategic roadmap, he added.

This two days program was attended by all PCAD personnel as well as other NCDMB personnel from the Human Resources Division, Nigerian Content Development Fund unit and Logistics.

The invitation extended to staff of other divisions was to enable them understand the activities of PCAD and some of their requirements to achieve optimum delivery.

The knowledge sharing and capacity building workshop was started last year in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and the participants included Chevron and SNEPCo.

NCDMB, Megastar donate town hall to Swali Community

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote on Thursday commissioned a community town hall donated by Megastar Technical and Construction Company Limited to the Swali Community, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Megastar is the main contractor handling the NCDMB’s 17-storey head office building project, located at Oxbow Lake Road, Swali and it built the town hall in fulfilment of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) promise to the community.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary commended Megastar for its commitment to the Swali community since it started the building project. He said that the company had been “training community youths in various skill sets, employing Swali community indigenes and engaging the services of community contractors.”

He also applauded the elders, youths and residents of the community for their peaceful disposition to the headquarters building project and the support they give to Megastar.

He assured that more and bigger projects would come if the residents continue to provide a peaceful atmosphere even after the headquarters building is completed and put into use.

Wabote advised the community to put the town hall into sustainable use and find ways to make it generate revenues that would be used for its regular maintenance.

In his comments, the Managing Director, Megastar Technical and Construction Company Limited, Architect Harcourt Adukeh, confirmed that the company engaged community contractors in the procurement activities for the construction of the head office building. He added that the company also partnered the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to train 75 youths from the community in various building construction trades and the best amongst them were employed to work on the project.

According to him the company also exceeded the stipulation in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the community for 25 percent of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workforce. “We have achieved 97 percent Nigerians, 60 percent Bayelsans and 43 percent persons from Swali town.”

The Commissioner Information and Orientation, Bayelsa State, Honourable Iworiso Markson described Swali youths “as representative of young persons we want to see in our state. We are happy they are part of the project and have never been disruptive. The trainings and skills they have acquired will stay with them for their lifetime.”

Minister, GMD NNPC laud Nigerian Content Achievements

…$21m NCI Fund disbursed to vendors-Wabote

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru led other industry leaders to commend the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for the numerous achievements recorded in the implementation of Nigerian Content in the oil and gas industry.

They spoke Tuesday at the 8th Practical Nigerian Content Workshop, organised by the NCDMB and CWC, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and pledged support to deepen the implementation of policies and initiatives that would increase in country value addition in the oil and gas sector.

According to Kachikwu the impact of Nigerian Content in the oil industry has stimulated other sectors like Information & Communication, Automobile, Construction and Power to adopt some of the templates in their policy formulations.

“We are also proud that some African countries like Kenya, Congo Brazzaville and Uganda as well as Gabon and Angola have come to Nigeria in the past for mentorship on Local Content initiatives,” he added.

The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Folashade Yemi, promised the commitment of the Federal Government to promoting robust private sector participation in the oil and gas sector and ensuring ease of doing business in the economy in general.

Also speaking, Baru said NNPC was pleased to see the achievements of Local Content in various sectors of the Nigerian economy. He noted that in “in 2010, the available in-country capacity for line pipes was 100,000 metric tonnes, just 10 percent of the annual industry demand of one million MT/annum. However, today, through the robust collaboration of NCDMB with NNPC and other stakeholders, the capacity of line pipes has been ramped up to 420,000MT/annum, representing 40 percent of industry demand.”

The GMD reaffirmed “NNPC’s commitment to compliance with the provisions of the Nigerian Content Act, to increase in-country value addition and support job creation. We will also continue to encourage our partners to do the same.

“NNPC is fully committed to NCDMB’s agenda for the next ten years, to increase Nigerian Content in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry to 70 percent by 2017.”

The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote presented a scorecard of the Board’s performance in 2018, dwelling particularly on the Nigerian Content 10-year strategic roadmap.

On the USD200 million Nigerian Content Intervention Fund (NCI Fund) launched to provide funding support to local service companies, Wabote stated that USD21 million has been given out as loan to beneficiaries as at the end of October. “In 2019, we intend to develop and launch our investment policy to further provide flexibility to our funding and investment interventions” he said.

He also hinted that in 2019 the Board “plans to support the establishment of at least one more modular refinery and participate in the LPG value chain if the condition precedent are in place”

NCDMB had in 2018 taken 30 percent equity in the 5,000 barrels per day modular refinery in Ibigwe, Imo State and commenced the construction of oil and gas parks at Bayelsa and Cross River States.

On the provision of constant power to the parks, Wabote said a thermal power plant was being constructed by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), which would also serve the oil and gas park in Bayelsa state while discussions are ongoing to source electricity from the NIPP station in Odukpani, Cross River State to supply the park situated close-by.

Other plans for 2019 include the finalization of the review of Offshore Rig Acquisition Strategy and posting of 20 trained marine personnel being trained by the Board, for their 1 year international sea time in fulfilment of the requirement for the Certificate of Competency (CoC).

The Executive Secretary also reported that the Board has commenced the forensic audit of remittances to the Nigerian Content Development Fund and fulfilled its promise to put in place 3rd party monitors to enhance compliance monitoring in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the industry.

He added that “By 2019, we intend to deepen and widen the roll-out of third party monitoring service providers for effective monitoring of the 51 operating companies and close to 8,000 oil and gas service providers registered on our NOGIC-JQS. In addition, we will further expand our compliance and enforcement framework to cover marginal field operators, midstream and downstream sectors.”

He said the Board have established collaborative efforts with the Nigeria Customs Service, EFCC, NNPC, NAPIMS, Nigeria Immigration Service, FAAN, OGFZA, National Judicial Council and NIMASA and would sharpen those inter-agency collaborations going forward.

In his remarks, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Seriake Dickson, commended the NCDMB for being a good corporate citizen in the state and expressed hope that the completion of the Board’s 17-storey headquarters would lead to more oil and gas deals being sealed in the state, so the citizenry would derive maximum benefits.

Wabote Bags Fellowship Award for Engineering Excellence

Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board was on Thursday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State inducted as a fellow of the Institute of Petroleum Studies (IPS), University of Port Harcourt  for his exceptional accomplishments in engineering, strategic management and local content leadership in the Oil and Gas Industry. The prestigious award was part of the flagship program of the Institute’s 15th Induction Ceremony/Exhibition which took place at Ebitimi Banigo Auditorium, University of Port Harcourt.  Wabote is one of the two persons admitted to fellowship of the Institute this year. The second person is Hervochon Joel, a French national and Executive Director, Deep Water District, TUPNI, Lagos. Both professionals were inducted for their distinguished career in the oil and gas sector, spanning nearly thirty years.

IPS was established fifteen years ago in collaboration with Institut Francais du Petrole et Energies Nouvelle (IFP/New Energy), the Ecole du Petrole et des Monteurs (IFP School), Paris, France. It was established primarily as a Centre of Excellence in Geosciences, Drilling and Production technology, petroleum economics, policy and strategic studies. The goal of the Institute is to provide topnotch academic and hands-on education for young professionals to meet the needs of the Nigerian Petroleum Industry through a commitment to excellence in training, applied research, continuing education and capacity building. The main sponsor of the Institute is the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC)/Total E & P Nigeria Limited (TEPNG) Joint Venture.

In the citation read by the Institute, Mr. Wabote was described as an “experienced and excellent professional … … who has recorded huge successes in the various assignments so far carried out, making him an effective and resourceful manager who is able to groom and manage divers and high performing teams”. According to the Institute, Wabote’s spectacular performance across a wide spectrum of functional responsibilities in the Oil and Gas Industry, traversing engineering, procurement, process improvement, compliance and corporate governance, business and operational efficiency, local supply chain development and global local content leadership have distinguished him as an engineer and manager par excellence.

In his presentation titled, ‘’ Sustaining Productivity in the Plateau Phase of Growth’’, Engr. Wabote who was also the 15th Induction Guest Lecturer commended the Institute and University of Port Harcourt for the honor. He postulated that it is imperative for the Institute and the industry as whole to pursue sustainable productivity in plateau phase of growth of oil and gas production and value addition in Nigerian and not give room to decline due to complacency.

He commended “Total/NNPC JV for its efforts, dedication, and continual support to developing human capacity by adopting the University of Port – Harcourt to domicile IPS and creating a conducive learning environment for Nigerians to attain and share knowledge”. He enjoined the sponsors of the Institute, “ensure you don’t get into the plateau of complacency as it can only result in decline”.

Nigerian Chamber of Shipping commends implementation of Local Content

The leadership of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring (NCDMB) has been extolled for exhibiting consistency and transparency in the implementation of Nigerian Content Intervention Fund (NCI) Fund. The Governing Council of Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS) made the commendation on Thursday when the members paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote at the Board’s Head Office in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Speaking on behalf of delegation, President of NCS Governing Council, Mr. Andy Isichei stated that the Council has observed the phenomenal achievements of Engr. Wabote led NCDMB, particularly the transparent way the Board is administering NCI Fund, created to tackle the perennial funding challenge that has impeded the efficiency and competitiveness of local supply chain in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry. According to him, “we have observed the uncommon achievements of your Board, hence we decided to come and voice our commendation to you and to encourage you to continue the good job you are doing. We are proud of your agency and want to collaborate with you to advocate and propagate the achievements of your Board.”

The Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS) is a trade association for the Nigerian maritime industry, comprising ship owners, tanker vessel operators, port/terminal operators, shipyard/dry dock owners, and upstream and downstream service operators in oil and gas sector, international maritime/shipping operators, maritime lawyers, and financial institutions. It is the umbrella body in Nigeria for stakeholders in the shipping /maritime sector.

Mr. Isichei explained that the aims and objectives of NCS include to act as an advocate for the industry on issues of shipping policy (formulation, implementation and monitoring), maritime affairs, technical matters, to promote best practice among members to meet international standards, support the growth and development of international trade in Nigeria and to cooperate with other agencies, statutory and non-statutory, to ensure implementation of a regulated environment for effective maritime administration, safe shipping operations, and fair and competitive shipping cost regimes.

He stated that the courtesy visit to the Board was motivated by the desire to advance the main objectives of the Chamber, which includes to promote the interest of its members and deepen international maritime commercial activities in Nigeria. Thus, he added, “we want to collaborate with the Board in the area of training of Marine Cadets and other aspects of capacity building to optimize the gains of local content in the maritime industry”.

In his response, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote thanked members of the NCS Governing Council for their kind remarks and interest in the activities of the Board. He explained that the Board is very disposed to partner with critical stakeholders like NCS ensure fulfilment of the Board’s mandate.

On the training of cadets, Wabote explained that the Board is willing to support any organization that offers maritime cadet trainings, provided it’s able to demonstrate that they can grant the trainees requisite international certifications and sea time experience. He also encouraged the NCS Governing Council members to explore the opportunity of partnering with the Maritime University, Okerenkoko Delta State, instead of foreign partnerships, to ensure that the various trainings they offer are domiciled in-country. He urged NCS to come up a proposed Memorandum of Understand (MoU) to underpin its partnership aspirations with the Board for consideration and harmonization.

Members of the NCS Governing Council at the courtesy visit were Mr. Andy Isichei
(President), Obiageli Obi (Director General) and  Dr. Chris Asoluka (member).

Wabote goes global with Nigerian Content Advocacy

Engr. Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) went global today with Nigerian Content Advocacy, when he addressed delegates to the African Oil Week (AOW) in Cape Town, South Africa at the start of the African Local Content Forum. African Local Content Forum is an innovative inclusion in the bouquet of AOW plenaries promoted by NCDMB and other partners to serve as a high profile platform for NOCs, International and Independents Oil Companies, Service Companies to generate single vision of future roadmap for African Content within the global oil and gas sector.

Speaking on the topic , “How to Develop Funds for Local Content Development“, Wabote asserted that Nigerian Content Development Fund model, which is underpinned by legislation is an attractive option for both upcoming and matured oil and gas jurisdictions in the African sub-region. He outlined five key parameters required for sustainable local content practice, to wit, Regulatory Framework, Capacity Building, Gap Analysis, Research and Development, and Funding and provision of incentives. “The importance of funding”, he said, “cannot be over-emphasized in any human endeavor”.

Thus, he added “the authors of the Nigerian Content Act, in recognition of the importance of funding to the success of Nigerian Content, made a key provision for funding to deliver the key objectives of the law”. The funding provision, he emphasized, is not only to enable the Board to carry out its functions as a regulator “without having to go round cap-in-hand to solicit for fund from operators”, but also to enable it develop capacities and capabilities in-country for increased value retention. He argued that the success of the Nigerian Content Development Fund could be attributed to the following factors: A clear, unambiguous provision backed by law; a clear remittance framework, sufficient time for accretion, transparent and impactful utilization.

Regardless of his advocacy for the Nigerian model, Wabote sounded a caveat, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ in local content practice”. To succeed, countries need to adopt best practices, but it is useful to tweak them to suit local circumstances, he concluded.

Earlier, Tony Paul, Chairman, Permanent Local Content Committee, Energy Sector for the Government of Trindad & Tobago, who spoke on the topic “ Developing successful local content framework and policies to promote in-country value and shared prosperity” made the same point, “ there’s no perfect model”, countries must avoid “cut and paste” in designing their framework.

Other presenters and discussants who shared their countries experiences at the African Local Content Forum include Magda Chamraird, former CEO, Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, Betty Namubiru of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, Ranti Omole for PETAN, Tein George, Chairman, Aveon Offshore, Armando Afonso, Exxonmobil, Angola to mention but few.

On the second day of African Local Content Forum at the AOW, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Wabote will go head to head with leading voices in the various international oil companies on the imperatives, benefits and concerns about local content practice. He’s poised to espouse the feasibility, expose the fads and allay fears. It promises to be a rich and rewarding debate to be aired live by CNBC from the conference venue.

Wabote Bags Global Award for Local Content Advocacy

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote was on Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa conferred with a global award of excellence for outstanding contributions to sustainable local content development in Nigeria and across Africa’s Oil and Gas Industry.

The award was conferred on him by the organizers of African Oil Week (AOW), at the PetroAfricanus Dinner, as part of the events marking AOW’s 25th anniversary celebration.

AOW is a premier international oil and gas summit, which brings together over 70 governments, national oil companies, investors, regulators, licensing agencies and leaders of major oil and gas companies that shape the continent’s upstream hydrocarbon landscape. It’s a foremost platform for business intelligence and transaction in Africa’s upstream oil and gas industry.

Reading the citation for the award, Conference Director, Africa Oil Week, Mr. Paul Sinclair,  highlighted the considerations for Engr. Wabote’s selection and suitability for the award, which include his ongoing unprecedented contributions to localization of industry knowledge and expertise, monumental capacity development programs in Nigeria with cross border impacts, trenchant advocacy of the imperatives of local content practice and benefits, smart regulations and rare leadership capacity to balance dialogue between international commercial ventures and national interest. He stated that in the 25years history of AOW, this is the first time an award was given for Local Content excellence by AOW/ITE Group.

In his acceptance speech, Wabote expressed delight at the honour and recognition by AOW/ITE Group, noting that the award was significant as “it communicates AOW’s acknowledgment of the Board’s programmes and strategies for localizing industry knowledge and capacity development”. He paid glowing tribute to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve his country and to champion national economic interest through local content advocacy and implementation under NCDMB banner.  He dedicated the award to the entire staff and management of NCDMB for their high sense of duty, patriotism and absolute commitment to local content regime, noting “this award would not have been possible with their constant support for me”.

Other recipients of the AOW Silver Jubilee Celebration awards include to Mr. Conrad Gerber (a posthumous award received by his daughter, Laura), Barbette van Gessel, South African, Chief Executive Officer of Global Pacific & Partners, Founder and President of Global Women Petroleum and Energy Club, Duncan Clarke, Zimbabwean, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Global Pacific & Partners, a private advisory firm based in London and Mr. Samuel Dossou-Aworet, Benin Republic national, a Pan-African Businessman, Founder and Chairman of Petrolin Group recognized for his strategic and pioneering role in the promotion and development of major oil companies and African companies in several African countries including Seplat in Nigeria.

It was a night of glitz and glory, well attended by dignitaries like the former President of Nigeria, His Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Chairman Seplat, Dr. ABC Orjiakor, Managing Director Seplat, Mr. Austin Avuru, Luca Rigo de Righi (Chevron, Houston) and other representatives of oil and gas companies from various parts of the world.

Wabote commissions Tolmann’s modular fire field centre

…says patronage of local coys might attract discount on NCDF

A new modular fire field and emergency response training centre built by Tolmann Allied Services Limited has been commissioned by the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote.

Located in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the facility can provide practical demonstrations of offshore safety trainings such as Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Training, Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader Training, Major Emergency Management Initial Response, Control Room Operator Training, Confined Space Entry Training, Dynamic Positioning, Helicopter Landing and take-off coordination, and many more.

In his remarks at the event held recently, the Executive Secretary advised oil and gas service companies to continually evolve with the industry and improve their deliverables if they are to remain in business.

He recalled that Tolmann was one of the facilities he visited after assuming office in late 2016, to confirm the existence of local capacities and capabilities and commended the company for increasing its competences and assets base. “Industry operations are continuously moving into the deeper waters and it is either we evolve to become relevant or we disappear. Tolmann is trying to copy the evolution.”

Wabote also highlighted that safety in the oil and gas industry requires the highest possible standards and the company is playing a big role towards the realization of that aspiration.

He said the firm had become a leading international risk management, safety and emergency company through the provision of specialist safety training, support services, and technology. “Of particular importance is your achievement as the first training facility in Africa and Middle-East to secure OPITO Digital BOSIET approval. This unique digital delivery of training with certifications cuts down on time, logistics, and costs and ultimately improves the bottom line.”

The Executive Secretary also charged industry operators to patronize such facilities as part of their commitment to local content practice, capacity development of workers and safety of their operations. He hinted that NCDMB was developing a framework whereby the patronage of local service companies by operating companies and EPC contractors would be rewarded with a discount on the payment of the statutory one percent Nigerian Content Development Fund (NCDF).

In his welcome address, the Managing Director of Tolmann Allied Services Limited, Mr Emmanuel Onyekwena stated that the modular fire field centre was “borne of the desire to meet modern global approach of combatting emergency situations in daily life operations offshore, which requires capability, infrastructure and competence demonstration prior to deployment offshore.”

Chairman of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), Engr. Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, declared that Tolmann’s feat embodied the mantra of PETAN, which are capacity building, capability, consolidation and consistency. He maintained that member companies of the association are keen to capture the entire oil and gas value chain and deliver services to satisfactory levels.

He pleaded with international and indigenous operating companies to engage oil service companies that have proven their capabilities, adding that developed capacities would be lost if they are not utilised.