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The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Nigerian Navy have agreed to deepen their collaboration in the Oil and Gas industry, especially with regards to developing and utilizing capacity.

The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Ernest Nwapa and the Commandant of the Nigerian Naval Engineering College, Rear Admiral Akinjola Johnson made the commitment recently at a meeting at the Board Headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

In his comments, the Executive Secretary said the Board was working to identify, develop and maximize the utilization of facilities across the country for industry work and training programs and expressed the willingness of the Board to work with the Navy in this regard.

According to him, the Board’s efforts are in compliance with the directive of the Minister of Petroleum and Chairman of the Board’s Governing Council, Mrs. Dieziani Alison-Madueke to the Board on capacity development.

He remarked that the Navy Dockyard in Lagos is already being used for heavy fabrication by some service companies, noting that many countries in the world had integrated their armed forces in the advancement of national technology and NCDMB will consolidate on the existing relationship between the military and industry.

Recalling that the Board visited the Navy Engineering College, Sapele in 2011, Nwapa remarked that the institution’s machine shop has some capacity the oil and gas industry can use.

He added that the machine shop will be tested for space and facilities and considered for the pilot scheme of the proposed Training Centre of Excellence the Board is developing in collaboration with Petrofac-an international training agency-and the Oil and Gas Training Association of Nigeria (OGTAN).

He advised the Navy High Command to further invest in the development of the college so that it can be upgraded to an international awarding institution and meet the standards set by Petrofac and OGTAN.

“Our visit to the various training facilities to be used for the Center of Excellence will commence shortly. I encourage you to improve the facility to meet the required standard,” he said.

In his comments, Rear Admiral Johnson restated the commitment of Naval Authorities to improve the facilities in the college to ensure that it is included in the planned training program of the industry and meet other national demands.

He said, “the essence of our visit is to galvanize the synergy that has existed between the  Board and the College for the development of Nigeria.”



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