ES, NCDMB Bags Award of Excellence

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Engr. Ernest Nwapa has been conferred with an Award of Excellence by the South-South Youth Assembly.

Speaking at the award conferment ceremony held recently in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, the National President of the group, Comrade Ovie Afor explained that the Executive Secretary was chosen in recognition of the remarkable achievements the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board had recorded, not only in the implementation of the Nigerian Content Act and but also in the development of young people in the country.

Accepting the award, Engr. Nwapa enthused that the honour would spur him and the dedicated staff the Board to focus on the lofty mandate set for the Board by the Federal Government and people of Nigeria.
He asserted that Nigerian Content is an important programme to the nation and if well implemented, will ensure that a lot of economic problems are mitigated, hence the huge responsibility on the Board to make the initiative a reality.

The Executive Secretary who noted government’s concerted efforts to diversify the economy, stated that the oil and gas industry will remain the main stay of the Nigerian economy for a long time, thus the need to maximize the resources from the industry as a spring board to other sectors of the economy.
He frowned at the over emphasis on social employment, urging oil bearing communities to focus on getting their people involved in productive employment, which the Nigerian Content Act is promoting.

According to him, the Nigerian Content Act had helped Nigerians to get into businesses they did not ordinarily believe they would, urging the youths to focus on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship rather than getting paid jobs, which unfortunately are not always available.

Dwelling on the implementation strategies of the Nigerian Content Act, the Nwapa said the Board was stimulating equipment components manufacturing, which will ensure capital retention, technology transfer, capacity development and training. He emphasized that equipment ownership and training were some of the areas the Board is giving prime focus, as well as the maintenance equipment like rigs, vessels and other hi-tech industry assets.
He further harped on the need for peace which is necessary to attract investment, adding, “It is a challenge and I expect youths in the South-South can come together and enthrone an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the region and give government some years to see if it will live up to its billing and if the foreign investors will listen to the people’s agitations.

“It is a message that every South-South leader must pass on because investments can help solve the problem of social amenities.”
He also reported that the Board has commitments from Yulong Pipemill, a Chinese company to build a Pipe Mill in Polaku, Bayelsa State, which will create thousands of training and employment opportunities for Niger Delta youths.

In his remarks, the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade William Kirk, explained that the South-South Youth Assembly focusses on the promotion of good governance and leadership excellence.
He asserted that the group also provides constructive criticism and direction for administrators.

Kirk said: “Every leader needs the contribution of those he is leading if he must succeed. We also have it as part of our program to appreciate those who have contributed meaningfully to the development of Nigeria in all sectors and to those who have distinguished themselves in their appointive or elective position, which is the only way to encourage such persons to do more.

“This is why we came to appreciate the Executive Secretary to tell him how much his positive impact is being felt across the South-South region.”
In his speech, the National President of the South-South Youth Assembly, Comrade Ovie Afor commended President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the Nigerian Content Bill into Law, stating that the Act if well implemented, will reverse the mistakes made in the first 50 years of oil exploitation in the country.
Comrade Afor also hailed NCDMB’s implementation of the Act, noting that it has led to the employment of youths and engendered multiplier effect on their families.

In his vote of thanks, the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics in the Board, Mr. Patrick Obah, commended the youth group, adding that their gesture was for the country and generations to come.
He charged the youths to work as good ambassadors of the region, stating that the Board is willing to collaborate with similar bodies while admonishing them to desist from vices that are inimical to societal development.

NCDMB, Amnesty Office collaborate on employment of ex-militants

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Presidential Amnesty Programme have begun to work together towards creating employment opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry for ex-militants who have undergone specialized training programmes.

The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Ernest Nwapa and the Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Mr. Kingsley Kuku confirmed this in Abuja while speaking at the just concluded Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference.

Mr. Kuku was represented at the event by his Special Assistant, Mr. Lawrence Pepple
Over 1,498 ex-militants underwent various training programmes in foreign locations such as South Africa, Ghana, Cyprus, Dubai, with some of them specializing in practical Oil and Gas disciplines.

Confirming the collaboration, the Executive Secretary said the Board is working with all stakeholders of the industry under the strong leadership of the Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Deziani Alison-Madueke to domicile more work in-country and deepen the capacity of the local supply chain  to execute complex industry work, thereby creating more opportunities for employment of qualified Nigerians.
Nwapa stated that major operating companies, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation cannot employ more than 50,000 Nigerians as they had outsourced most of their operations, adding however that the industry was capable of creating thousands of jobs through the execution of its jobs in-country.

“We are pulling the industry together because they have capacity to create new shop floors and it is only where there are jobs that training can thrive and succeed,” he said.
He identified the manufacturing of components of various equipment used by the industry as the segment that will unlock thousands of productive job opportunities for young Nigerians, including ex-militants.
The Executive Secretary further advised that “When the ex-militants come back, they should not be kept together. Instead, we will take them in twos or threes and inject them into projects as ordinary Nigerians, without them having tags as ex-militants.

Nwapa also counseled the Amnesty Office to manage the expectations of the ex-militants about the Oil and Gas industry, indicating that “contracts in the Oil and Gas industry run for 18 to 20 months, after which companies start disengaging workers who will be expected to seek fresh employment in companies that have got new projects.”

“We need to increase shop floor space and encourage manufacturing through the help of the international operating companies. We also need to educate the ex-militants that their employment lies in the manufacturing facilities.”

According to the Executive Secretary, the ex-militants and other young Nigerians would also benefit from the Capacity Building Internship Programme, which the Board had begun with the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria, (PETAN).
Under the programme, PETAN will recruit qualified Nigerians and expose them to various training and skills development workshops and on-the-job training to prepare them to work in the course of contracts and gain employment.
PETAN companies will then absorb the trainees once they win the contracts and retain them after the internship phase based on their performance.
In his comments, Mr. Lawrence Pepple harped on the need to provide employment opportunities for the ex-militants after their training, to ensure that they do not slip back into nefarious activities.

He warned that if the militants were not properly engaged, the next phase of militancy will be fused with intellect and skills because the ex-militants are being trained in the best facilities on shipbuilding and maintenance, welding and fabrication etc.
He said, “Although they may not be properly certified, they can be made to learn on the job and become better. If you don’t give them jobs when they return, they will be more sophisticated and this will be a very serious problem.”
Admitting the guidance they receive from the Executive Secretary, Pepple pleaded with the industry to guide the Amnesty Office on what is required to meet their standards.
He also confirmed that the Amnesty Office had uploaded the database of trained ex-militants unto the Nigerian Content Joint Qualification System.

Local content initiative delivers 30,862 jobs for Nigerians

Two years after the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act became operative, over

30,862 jobs have, so far, been created, according to the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board.

Responding to enquiries from our correspondent on Tuesday, NCDMB said the figure covered the period between 2010 and December 31, 2012.

For marine vessels servicing the oil and gas industry 3,000 jobs were created;  while 1,500 Nigerians got employed to man rigs;  the number of Nigerians in fabrication yards servicing the industry was put at 10,792; while 3130 jobs were created in design engineering firms, with the number of  Nigerians in petroleum technology companies put at 3,000.

According to the board, Nigerians in oil and gas equipment manufacturing were 1,500; and for post training employment as part of industry capacity development initiative, 6,797 jobs were also created

The number of Nigerians occupying managerial positions in operating companies was put at 2,143, which brings the total number of jobs so far created 30,862.

The NCDMB also said it was working towards ensuring that oil and gas producing states in the country got industrial parks of global standards.

This is part of the new initiatives endorsed by the Governing Council of NCDMB under the chairmanship of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Deziani Alison-Madueke.

The industrial parks will be established in each of the oil-producing states in partnership with  the respective state governments, according to NCDMB.

In this way, over 100,000 productive jobs would be created across the communities for persons with skills and  the social employment prevalent in  communities would be deemphasized, the board said in a recent statement.

This, it stressed, would stimulate the participation of communities in the local supply chain and provide a direct platform for collaboration with original equipment manufacturers, which are now required to manufacture a minimum proportion of components in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Mr. Ernest Nwapa, explained that the board would  collaborate with major operators, service companies and relevant state governments to build industrial parks to support operations of the industry and help achieve service efficiency through shared services.

Other benefits of the industrial park concept include the reduction of start-up investment cost for new business, stakeholders’ collaboration and industry commitment to utilise manufactured products from the  parks.

The parks are expected to host manufacturing activities driven by the oil and gas industry demand, and service other sectors of the economy as they grow organically into integrated industrial zones.

The start-up product slate will include steel pipes and allied fittings, switch gears, panels, skids, pipe racks and brackets, environmental protection equipment, chemicals, industrial gases, computers, telecoms and other Information and Communications Technology equipment components, furniture,  liquefied and petroleum gas cylinders, bolts and nuts as well as  drilling fluids.

The NCDMB, which was established to oversee the implementation of the Act, was mandated to, within four years; ensure the retention of over $10bn out of an average annual oil and gas industry expenditure of $20bn in the Nigerian economy, compared to the current sum of less than $4bn.

It is also expected to facilitate the creation of over 30,000 direct employment and training opportunities, considering the scale of activities to be domiciled in Nigeria; establish three to four new pipe mills to service the demands of the industry and other ancillary manufacturing plants for coatings, valves, fittings and components.

According to the executive secretary, the strategy has been successfully deployed to stimulate small and medium scale enterprises focused on the oil and gas technology into sustainable engines for technological growth and employment at the grass roots level.

Nwapa said the major operators would benefit from increased entrepreneurial activities in their host communities and announced that the board had reached out to state governments to participate in a Small and Medium Enterprises fair to identify companies with potentials to incubate and grow.

“The fair will identify SMEs with capacity, which will be supported and accommodated in the new industrial parks to manufacture goods used in the industry with the active involvement of the traditional Original Equipment Manufacturers,” he added.

The board said it would activate the provisions of the Act to provide specific incentives for OEMs that would embrace the initiative such as locking in orders for equipment or components manufactured/assembled in the parks for extended periods.
Nwapa said  Nigerian companies were committed to investing  over $600m in the manufacture and assembly of various equipment and components.

He said expatriates working in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry would, hencefort, undertake biometric registration as part of conditions they must fulfil before their organisations could secure expatriate quota approvals from the NCDMB.
The exercise will capture details of all foreigners working for operating and service companies in the country on the electronic platform, Nigerian Content Joint Qualification System, being operated by the board.
According to Nwapa, the exercise will kick off in the first quarter of this year.
He said the registration would help the board to evaluate the skills of the expatriates and confirm that such skills were not available locally in the industry.

It will also assist the board to electronically track the number of expatriates in the industry, their length of stay, compliance with provided succession plans and expected date of exit.
At the completion of the biometric registration, each expatriate will get a unique card, which he or she will produce whenever the monitoring team from  NCDMB comes around for periodic verification.
Section 33 of the NOGICD Act mandates operators to apply and receive the approval of the board before making any application for expatriate quota to the Ministry of Internal Affairs or any other agency of the Federal Government

Among other conditions, the board requires companies seeking to get expatriate quota approvals for their operations in the oil and gas industry to first advertise the positions to Nigerians through national and international media outfits.

Local content law needs expansion –Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, on Wednesday called for the expansion of the boundaries of Nigeria’s local content law to give more business opportunities to residents of oil-producing communities.

Dickson, while speaking with journalists at the Nigeria Oil and Gas Strategic Conference in Abuja, said the impact of the law on those it was meant to empower should be assessed.

He said, “Local content is one framework that I wish the people from this region (Niger Delta) can benefit from with respect to its various legal business opportunities. So, we have to further expand the frontier of the local content law.

“Not only in theory, as it is, but we need to continuously examine how it is working and the extent to which that has impacted on the well-being of the people in the communities.”

The Local Content Act was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010. It seeks to stimulate massive job opportunities for Nigerians in the oil and gas industry and ensure proper local participation in the industry.

According to the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, the law is capable of creating one million jobs in the next five years, thereby helping to reduce poverty and unemployment in the country.

Minister assures improved power supply…Partners Gov. Akpabio at Oil & Gas Event

The newly appointed Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo has assured that with the review and reversal of the original roadmap of the power sector developed in 2010, the Ministry will produce data which are consistent with the current and future challenges in the sector as well as tackle most of the ensuing technical challenges.

Prof. Nebo said this at the technical retreat of the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) held in Abuja last week. He stressed that power sector development is an ongoing project which will take time, money and more importantly the support of all Nigerians to see to its completion. According to him, the increasing frequency of system collapses of our grid was a source of grave concern and hereby urged  the operatives of this segment in the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to be extra-diligent and vigilant to curb its continuous occurrence.

The Minister urged the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP), to put in their best in order to develop a power sector worthy of emulation by its counterparts both at local and international levels.
In his words: “I have no doubt that with the commitment and dedication of all the stakeholders, the concerted effort of all will provide a guiding tool towards an impressive sector”.
He also added that, everybody is involved in the onerous task ahead despite the challenges which were surmountable with unalloyed commitment and collective resolve to light up the country.

Prof. Nebo, in conclusion, reinstated how the sector has been left in utter neglect for decades before the intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan and thereby implored Nigerians to appreciate the efforts of the present Administration which he said has so far recorded substantial improvements in power supply adding that “the best is yet to be achieved”.
Meanwhile, the Honorable Minister, Prof. Chinedu Nebo has been confirmed as one of the speakers at the strategic conference of the Nigerian Oil and Gas alongside the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom, Dr. Godswill Akpabio; the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson and the Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) scheduled to hold between February 18 and 21, 2013.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF ACCESS CONTROL AND TIME MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

INTRODUCTION

The Board intends to deploy Access control and time management system Head office and annex buildings. The two buildings has a total of four (4) doors, one at the Head office building and three at the annex building.

This system will provide physical security and control, access management, time and attendance and tracking and reporting and interoperability with the current physical security equipment. The vendor will provide comprehensive, expandable solution including hardware, software, installation, acceptance testing, integration, training, and ongoing support of the access control system.

 

General/Technical Requirements

  • All doors and controller must be programmable by a single central server application with the ability to have access rules and 10 client applications able to connect.
  • Controller must be able to store access permissions in case of network interruptions back to the main server.
  • All doors must be able to be opened from inside without reader in case of power failure/emergency exits.
  • Provision of all electric hardware, door contacts, power supplies, cabling and all components necessary to implement a complete working system.
  • Each door will require card readers, door contacts, and an electronically controlled locking mechanism
  • System must include an enrollment station and badge printer
  • The system must be able to configure temporary card for visitors.
  • The system must be configured in such a way that clock-in time is between 6:00am and 9:00am on weekdays and after the said period the clock-in functionality is disabled.
  • The system must be able to use biometric and smart card for access.
  • The system must be able to be able to give report of all access both users coming-in and going out
  • The system must be able to integrate with Human resources management system.
  • Provision of minimum 500 unit of smart card and encoder.