UNICAL student wins Nigerian Content Essay competition

A first year student of Electronics and Computer Technology at the University of Calabar, Cross River State, Mr. Ubon James, has emerged the winner of the second edition of the annual national oil and gas essay competition organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

The essay submitted by the 27-year-old was adjudged the best amongst over 3000 entries contributed by first and second year students from universities across the country.  He was rewarded with a cash prize of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000), a new laptop and a plaque.

The top four finalists included Mr. Peter Abegunde, a 200-level law student of Joseph Ayo Babalola University; Deseye Odubo, a 100 level Medical Student of Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State; Melex Tamaradoubra, a student of Medical Laboratory, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt and Osatohamen Ebhodaghe of the University of Benin. The top ten finalists received graduated cash prizes.

Receiving the prize, Ubon called on other government agencies and multinational companies in Nigeria to emulate the example of NCDMB to promote programmes that will bring out the best in youths. He also charged young people to shun vices and channel their energies towards positive endeavors.

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote who was represented by the General Manager, Corporate Communication and Zonal Coordination, Dr. Ginah O. Ginah explained that the essay competition provides a good opportunity for the Board to engage Nigerian youths, especially the undergraduates and introduce them to the concept of Nigerian Content.

According to him, “it is important to conscientize the young ones on Nigerian Content and the nexus to developing and industrializing our economy. We decided to make the contest pan-Nigeria so as to create geographical balance and engender keen competition. We also wanted to make the point that Nigerian Content activities and implementation is open to Nigerians from all geopolitical zones.”

In his opening remarks, Manager, Corporate Communications, NCDMB, Barr. Naboth Onyesoh emphasized that enlightened citizenry is critical to local content growth and high performance in the oil and gas sector.

While congratulating the top ten finalists, Onyesoh encouraged them to continually improve their writing competencies because it comes with numerous benefits.

The Project Consultant, Mr. Eyinimi Omorozi said the project was conceived to promote academic excellence among university and polytechnic students. He added that it was also aimed at creating awareness for the youths on the need to build local capacities and competencies, for increased indigenous participation in the oil and gas industry.

Chairman of the occasion and Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Professor Seth Accra Jaja commended the NCDMB for various initiatives it had introduced to develop the youths of the country. He sought for closer synergy between universities and the industry, to enable the students gain requisite practical experiences and become employable upon graduation.

NCDMB sponsors sea time training for 20 cadets

The mandatory sea time training programme for 20 cadets sponsored by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) started on Monday at Charkins Maritime and Offshore Services Limited, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The programme is aimed at addressing the deficit of trained cadets in the maritime and oil and gas industries and reduce the dependence on foreign personnel in the marine operations. The trainees were selected from the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Joint Qualification System (NOGIC JQS).

Under the programme, the cadets will be trained by Bernard Schulte Group for 12 months on board a foreign vessel and will be international certified after the training and awarded the Certificate of Competence (COC) recognized by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

In his opening remarks, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote represented by the General Manager, Capacity Building Division, Dr. Ama Ikuru explained that the cadets training is a Human Capacity Building Initiative of the Board, geared towards increasing the participation of Nigerians in the oil and gas industry, especially in shipping which is an important aspect of the sector.

According to him, over 10,000 vessels berth at the Nigerian Port each year but there were deficiency of Nigerians required in manning those vessels.

He said: “51 candidates were selected for the test, 41 candidates turned up and 20 cadets were selected for the training in Ghana”.

Ikuru advised the cadets to be hardworking, dedicated and aspire to be the best, even as he gave the assurance that the Board would support them to succeed.

Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer, Charkins Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre, Sir Charles Kimikanwo Wami commended the Board for its effective implementation of the Nigerian Content Act and for collaborating with stakeholders and empowering youths through provision of job opportunities.

He advised the cadets to make good use of the opportunity and become good ambassadors of their communities and the nation.

NCDMB, indigenous producers sign agreement on tendering cycle

… We‘ve recorded 98% performance with SLAs-Wabote

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Indigenous Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG) have signed a Service Level Agreement (SLA), which would drive local content implementation and simplify the procurement and tendering processes for oil and gas projects.

The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote and the General Manager, Projects Certification and Authorization Division (PCAD), NCDMB, Engr. Paul Zuhumben signed on behalf of the Board at a ceremony in Lagos on Tuesday, while the Chairman of the IPPG, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi-Bero and the Managing Director, Newcross Petroleum Limited, Engr. Victor Sodje signed for the operating companies.

The SLA was developed by the two parties in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act and in sync with the Board’s 10-Year Strategic Roadmap.

The Executive Secretary said the SLA would enhance the reduction of contracting timelines to six months to meet the target set by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu.

The agreement with the IPPG is the third in the series. The Board had executed similar pacts with the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) and the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) – the umbrella body of major oil producing companies. “This initiative was the first between a regulator and its key stakeholders in the Nigerian oil and gas industry,” Wabote added.

According to him, the SLA initiative has been very effective since its introduction in May 2017. “It has enhanced the efficiency of the interface between the Board and industry operators. The example can be seen in the swift execution of some contracts in the oil and gas industry such as the LPG vessel supply contract awarded by NLNG, the NLNG Train-7 project, and several other contracts put in place by the international operating companies under the umbrella of the SLA signed with OPTS.

“The finger-pointing to the Board as the point of delay in contracting process has drastically reduced with the transparency engendered by the SLA’s.”

The Executive Secretary also reported that the Board’s delivery on the SLA has been receiving accolades. “One company keeps track of our performance in terms of when their staff submit documents to us and when they get approvals.  They scored us 98 percent in terms of the SLA we signed with them.”

He also expressed optimism that the new agreement with IPPG would record a similar success and charged the members to fulfil their part of the deal.

The aspiration, he underlined, is for indigenous operators to see NCDMB as a key contributor to the Federal Government’s policy on Ease of Doing Business and not an obstacle to business aspirations.

Speaking further, Wabote commended IPPG members for demonstrating that indigenous operators can operate oil and gas fields successfully. “I have always highlighted at different fora that our indigenous operators as represented by IPPG are poster children of the Nigerian Content law.”

He challenged the companies to go into manufacturing, reiterating the pledge that the Board would support firms that come up with bankable proposals that would add value to the nation’s hydrocarbons. “The Board is still waiting for more of your 25-member group to come forward with similar or even better proposals than the one we did with Waltersmith.”

Chairman of the IPPG and Managing Director of First E&P, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, pledged that the members would comply with the SLA, noting that key mantra of the group were to comply with all regulatory requirements, operate at international standards and add value to the nation’s oil and gas.

He said, “We have gone through it and we are in support. I am signing for the 25 members. The SLA is beneficial to each of our members. It will be a journey for us because it’s an issue of understanding.”

He also confirmed that the secretariat of the group would operationalize the SLA and track compliance on behalf of the members.

Adeyemi-Bero admitted that a major challenge many indigenous producer have with complying with the Nigerian Content Act stemmed from their perception of the law. “Because we are indigenous companies, some of us sometimes assume that we were not meant to comply.”

He identified the key issues in the SLA to include ‘how to efficiently drive Nigerian Content related documentations, submissions, reviews and approvals in line with the NOGIC Act.’

He stressed that their members had neither the vast processes of the IOCs nor well established capital base, hence would sometimes approach the Board for pragmatic concessions.

NCDMB, stakeholders begin review of new projects, opportunities

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and key players of the Nigerian oil and gas industry have begun to review the existing data on upcoming projects and their Nigerian Content opportunities.

The review seeks to update the Compendium of Nigerian Content Opportunities, highlight  challenges  faced  by  operators  and  service  providers  and  proffer solutions that would increase in-country value creation and retention and fast-track the development of new projects.

The Board organised a two-day workshop in Lagos recently and it featured sessions on upstream opportunities, with presentations from international and indigenous operating companies and a dedicated marine vessels strategy session on the second day.

The Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, NCDMB, Mr. Daziba Patrick Obah, delivered the opening address on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote and stated that the event would build on the data generated in the maiden edition of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Opportunities Fair (NOGOF) held in 2017 at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. A key output from the Uyo event was a compilation of opportunities in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.

He stressed the need to update the compendium on an annual basis to enable the Board and stakeholders track the progress made in maximising Nigerian Content opportunities.

The Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, NCDMB and coordinator of the event, Mr. Akintunde Adelana, informed that NOGOF 2019 will hold from April 4-5, 2019, at the 1000-seater conference hall of the new NCDMB headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Expected attendees include venture capitalists, investors and other players in industry. The event would also serve an avenue to identify gaps in local content, list investment opportunities and highlight value-addition and employment opportunities, he added.

Participants at the Lagos workshop suggested that NOGOF 2019 should identify opportunities for synergy and foster collaboration between contractors. Other proposals include the need for a session that would discuss the progress made in reviewing schedules to the NOGICD Act as well as a session that would focus on technology.

Stakeholders also advised NCDMB to effectively monitor contract execution and maximally disburse the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund (NCI Fund) to boost the financial capacity of local contractors.

It was also canvassed that the forthcoming NOGOF should set agenda for greater collaboration among government agencies connected with Nigerian Content.

Representatives of various international and indigenous operating companies presented their goodwill messages.

Chairman of   the Petroleum Technology Association (PETAN), Mr.  Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, confirmed that that NCDMB’s aspirations like the domestication of technology, growing the nation’s GDP and developing capacities in-country were in tandem with PETAN ideals.

In his presentation, the Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mr. Mordecai Ladan, represented by Engr. Joseph Ogunsola of the Gas Division, stated that the Nigerian gas industry offered incredible opportunities for investments, which would create huge benefits for the investors and Nigerian people.

He stressed that to achieve gas flare-out, there must be focus on infrastructure, fiscal terms, open access to facilities, political will, technology options and synergy among industry players. He stated that the National Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP) has a target of zero routine gas flaring in Nigeria by 2020.

 

The Nigerian Content Capacity Development Manager, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria, Engr. Sylvester Iduseri, indicated that the company’s Egina deepwater project achieved 75 percent Local Content and exceeded the 70 percent target set by the NCDMB. He said studies were ongoing for Pereowei development, a subsea field project, which would be a tie-back to the Egina FPSO.

Tendering was ongoing for the Ikike project and the Final Investment Decision (FID) forecast is expected in Q4 2018, he added.

He also explained that Nigerian Content opportunities in the Ikike project exist in engineering, procurement, construction and fabrication, installation, drilling, completion among others.

Other key suggestions at the workshop included the need for project promoters to continue to christen projects and facilities with names of their host communities as such gestures would foster a sense of belonging in the communities.

NCDMB, Dangote Refinery hold workshop on Nigerian Content

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals (DPRP) recently organized a one-day sensitization workshop on Nigerian Content Compliance.

The workshop was held in Lagos State and sought to enlighten Dangote Refinery Project contractors on the regulations, policies and laws that apply in the oil and gas industry as well as encourage compliance.

In his address, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, represented by the Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Akintunde Adelana, explained that the workshop was intended to create awareness on the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act, increase the participation of Nigerian companies and utilization of local goods and services in the execution of the refinery project.

Adelana regretted that the first 50 years of oil exploration and production in Nigeria, up until 2010 was characterized by almost every activity in the industry being executed overseas, resulting in huge capital flight, lack of jobs for Nigerians in the industry, non-existence of requisite in-country capacities and ultimately less than five percent in-country value retention.

He noted that the Board’s target under its Nigerian Content 10-year strategic roadmap is to achieve 70 percent in-country value retention by 2027, and to meet the target, there was need for greater indigenous participation and domiciliation of industry activities. He clarified that Nigerian Content is not geared to promote indigenization of industry activities but is rather focused on domestication and domiciliation of operations.

He expressed delight at the level of work going on at the refinery site, noting that the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of DPRP, Mr. Giuseppe Surace has tremendous knowledge of Nigerian Content practice, having worked previously with Saipem Nigeria.

In his remarks, Surace assured that the execution of the DPRP project would engage Nigerian vendors and create local capacities, in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Content Act.

 

NCDMB donates Economics Lab to Niger Delta University (NDU)

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on Monday commissioned an ultramodern Econometrics Laboratory it built at the Department of Economics, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State.
The laboratory is equipped with state of the art computers, modern economics software, projectors, printers, photocopiers and is powered by a 30 KVA generating set with a backup 10 KVA inverter to ensure stable and constant power supply.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB Engr. Simbi Wabote, represented by a Supervisor in the Capacity Building Division, Mr. Timbiri Augustine, said the project was part of the Board’s efforts to close existing gaps in the Nigerian educational system. He added that the laboratory will enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the Department of Economics and impact positively on the graduates.
He explained further that the mandate of the Board was to build human and material capacities and capabilities and ensure the utilization of local facilities, technology as well as goods and services in the operation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.
He urged the university to ensure effective use of the laboratory and assured that the Board would continue to collaborate with institutions of higher learnings in Nigeria to boost the standards of learning for undergraduates.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Samuel G. Edoumiekumo commended the Board for donating the laboratory, which would enhance the value of the graduates and lecturers. He also requested the NCDMB to establish a Research and Development Centre of Excellence in the Engineering Faculty, to upscale the capacities of young Nigerians with skills required in the Oil and Gas Sector.

Kachikwu sets up Nigerian Content Research & Development Council

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu on Wednesday in Abuja inaugurated the Nigerian Content Research and Development Council (NCRDC).

The Council is expected to advise the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on matters relating to Research, Development and Innovation strategy for the oil and gas industry.

The council’s terms of reference are to “advise the Board on criteria and methodology for prioritizing market cum demand-driven research projects, advise the Board on the appropriate strategies and governance arrangements to attract funding for research projects and advise the Board on criteria for the award of research grants and review progress on impact of such grants on Research projects, Product development and Innovation.”

Inaugurating the council, Kachikwu commended NCDMB for accomplishing the commitment it made at the 2017 Research and Development Fair. He described the R&D council as a timely innovation that would deepen the achievements recorded in Nigerian Content implementation.

He charged the members to deliver on their mandate, which will help redress the fallings of the oil and gas sector to the Nigerian economy. “After 50 years, we still cannot refine enough petroleum products and we cannot provide enough electricity for our 190 million populace. In the eyes of the general public, oil is failing the country. Some of the bold steps NCDMB is taking, to create research and create focus will internalize growth and development.”

The Minister underlined that NCDMB had transitioned from just being a policy maker to also functioning as a project promoter. He commended the Board for investing in the Waltersmith Modular refinery, developing industrial parks in Bayelsa and Cross River States and catalyzing the partial integration of the Egina FPSO.

 

Kachikwu added that the NCDMB is focused on increasing Nigerian participation in oil and gas projects and engendering business opportunities locally. “The new NCDMB is more dynamic and focused, to a point where the National Assembly is now considering whether Local Content should be implemented across sectors because of the success we have brought to the oil and gas industry. Even the world, especially African countries have taken notice.”

In his comments, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote explained that the framework of the Board’s research and development provides that all research topics or thematic areas must be based on industry challenge or needs.

He added that “the Board will be more involved in applied research to give room for product development and would encourage prototype development of products.

“The Board would be involved as well as encourage commercialization of products or research endeavors. The Board would ensure that every product that is commercialized at the back of oil and gas activities is accepted and utilized.”

 

The Nigerian Content Research and Development Council is chaired by the Executive Secretary of NCDMB. Other members include Engr. Patrick Olimna, representing the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS); Mr. Uzochi Nwagwu, representing the Petroleum Contractors Trade Section (PCTS); Dr. S.B Ramon Yusuf from the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Mr. Isa Yusuf Maikanma from the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI). Other members include Dr. John Erinne, representing the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN); Mr. Dele Aikihonbare, representing Independent Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG) and Mr. Tandama Adamu Abu from the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP).

Wabote seeks action on gas investments

… to invest in the gas value chain

…set to sign MoUs with investors on NOGAPS

Players in the gas sector should canvass for speedy implementation of existing policies and pursue the delivery of identified gas opportunities, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote has said.

He spoke in Abuja at the Nigerian Gas Association’s 2018 International Conference held recently and argued that there had been sufficient discussions on missed opportunities of the past years and huge subsisting potentials of gas to the Nigerian economy.

Members of the NGA and other stakeholders of the oil and gas industry must begin to pick up the gauntlet, he posited. “I implore you to make this happen. It does not have to be a gigantic, big bang project that overwhelms everybody and does not get delivered at the end of the day. Let’s take one or two aspects of the value chain and channel all energies on them so that in two years’ time we are here to celebrate value addition to our hydrocarbon resources.”

The Executive Secretary confirmed that NCDMB had begun to implement some of its initiatives, citing an example with the US$200m Nigerian Content Intervention Fund, managed by Bank of Industry for the provision of loans to oil and gas service providers at single digit interest rates for the acquisition of key assets, manufacturing and other activities.

Another ongoing initiative is the Nigerian Oil and Gas Parks Scheme (NOGAPS) currently under construction in Bayelsa and Cross River states. “The parks will be operated using the sites and service model with provision of electricity round the clock to enhance manufacturing activities,” he added.

Wabote affirmed that the NCDMB would be willing to support any investor willing to deepen local content practice in the gas value chain. According to him, “part of our 10-year strategic roadmap is to support credible proposals from local businesses that want to key into opportunities in the hydrocarbon value chain. Let’s move beyond talk into action. Our recent deal to support the construction of a 5,000 barrels per day modular refinery was done in less than six months.

“If you are interested in manufacturing of cylinders, clips, hoses, burners, regulators, lighters, or in the provision of other services in the gas value chain, please approach the Bank of Industry with your applications. A key requirement is that you must be a contributor to the Nigerian Content Development Fund.”

Dwelling on NOGAPS, the NCDMB boss invited interested investors to liaise with the Board on how to participate in the scheme. He hinted that the Board would sign Memorandum of Understanding with such investors before the end of 2018 and early birds would enjoy the first mover advantage.

He also confirmed that the 25 megawatts independent power project (IPP) being developed by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in partnership with the Board in Bayelsa State would be commissioned in December 2018. The IPP would power the Bayelsa NOGAPS and the Board’s 17-storey headquarters building, which would be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

NCDMB, NLNG target huge Nigerian Content on Train 7 Project

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) have set high Nigerian Content benchmarks in the execution of the train 7 project, estimated to cost $7bn.

The organisations declared their commitment in Abuja on Tuesday at the two-day Nigerian Content Workshop organised on the project by the Nigeria LNG. The company plans to take Final Investment Decision (FID) before the close of the fourth quarter of 2018.

Participants in the workshop included local and international oil service companies that are seeking to participate in the train 7 project and the two international consortium that bided to execute the lead engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) components.

The Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote stated that the workshop was designed to sensitize industry stakeholders on the local content opportunities in the project and create the platform for the identification of local supply chain capacities and capabilities that are available in-country.

He affirmed that the execution of the train 7 project would lead to the establishment of new capabilities and expansion of existing facilities, adding that the implementation of Nigerian Content in the past eight years led to the development of immense capacities and ensured that major industry projects are no longer executed overseas and shipped to Nigeria for installation.

He also expressed optimism that “the train 7 project will bring about great opportunities for utilizing local goods and services in addition to affording local companies the prospect to enhance their capacities and capabilities thereby further stimulating the local supply chain

“Similar to the legacy capacities developed on the back of the Egina project, we expect that the Train 7 project will provide the platform to expand existing businesses and create ample opportunities for new businesses as we push the boundaries of local capabilities.”

Wabote also challenged service providers to build capacity so as to position themselves for the available opportunities. The companies should also build effective and efficient supply chain, which would help them achieve high performance, he added.

He voiced his belief that the project would be developed successfully, particularly because Nigeria LNG is an Integrated Joint Venture (IJV) and investment decisions are taken by the shareholders without external influences.

In his remarks, the Managing Director, NLNG, Engr. Tony Attah, said the train 7 project would increase the production output of the company’s plant by 35 per cent from 22 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) to 30 MTP and improve foreign direct investment (FDI) into Nigeria.

Senior officials of the company also listed major scopes of the project to include engineering, procurement, construction, logistics and other services. They listed the various Nigerian Content opportunities that exist in each package and added that the project would employ 100,000 personnel on site at the peak of construction.

NCDMB donates relief items to flood victims in Bayelsa State

As part of its corporate social responsibilities and support to its host communities, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on Saturday donated over 2,900 relief items to some communities displaced by flood in Bayelsa State.

The items included bags of rice, tins of groundnut oil, tin tomatoes, treated mosquito nets, mattresses and bags of beans. Others materials were bags of garri, printed wrappers, and indomie. There were also cartons of toothpaste, sanitary towels, evaporated milk, sacks of sugar among others.

The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote while presenting the items explained that the donation was part of the Board’s efforts to impact their immediate environment. He said, “we have watched with uttermost dismay the devastation the flood has brought to Bayelsa and its environs. The Board being an agency of the Federal government with the headquarters in Bayelsa State is responsible and responsive to the plights of the community where it operates.”

He empathized with the victims and encouraged them to be resilient despite being thrown out of their homes temporarily by the natural disaster.

Wabote called on other agencies of government and private sector players to support the communities and the internally displaced persons.

He charged the community leaders and the State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA) to ensure judicious distribution of the donated materials to the affected victims, adding that the Board would monitor the exercise. He further advised the government to create and equip disaster centers where residents of the state can be relocated easily whenever such incidences occur.

Responding on behalf of the Bayelsa State Governor, Honorable Seriake Dickson, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Ebipatel Apaingolo appreciated the Board for alleviating the plights of the persons and communities displaced by flood. He maintained that the State Government lacked the capacity to cater for all the displaced persons and called on other corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals to emulate the Board’s kind gesture and support the flood victims.

At the Igbogene camp for the internally displaced persons, the Coordinator, Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency, Rtd Col. Roland Yekorogha thanked the Executive Secretary for the Board’s support and assured that the items will be properly distributed to the displaced persons in the camp.

Receiving the items at Tombia village, the King of Tombia Ekpetiama, HRM C.A.O Otobotekere was represented by one of his cabinet members, Chief MJP Akanga.

He called on government and non-governmental organisations to assist in curbing the perennial flooding that ravages their community. He recommended channelization and shore protection of the River Nun that is close to the community.

Akanga appreciated the Board for being the first government agency to provide relief items to the community and called for more supports from other organizations and individuals.

The relief materials was distributed to flood victims in Amasoma Community, Tombia Ekpetiama, Igbogene, Okutukutu Community and Opokuma Clan.