The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), an agency in charge of local content promotion, has sponsored six Senators to Ghana for a three–day capacity building workshop on Nigerian content.
The Senators according to a statement, reiterated their determination to ensure increase in use of local manpower by International companies operating in Nigeria.
The Senators including Senator Solomon Adeola, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senator Abiodun Olujimi and other members of the Senate Committee on Local Content, according to the NCDMB, lauded the board at the close of the three–day capacity building workshop in Accra, Ghana, for the steady growth in local capacities in the Oil and Gas Industry.
They maintained that the growth in local content was made possible through the strategic implementation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act.
“Our mandate is to ensure the use of local manpower by companies operating in Nigeria; design policies that would engender the patronage of locally made goods and services; to oversee the work of NCDMB and to identify the gaps in the NOGICD Act with a view to amending it to reflect current realities,” Chairman, Senator Committee, Senator Adeola, was quoted to have said. He added that from all that he had heard and seen, the Board is fulfilling the purpose for which it was established.
The Senate Minority Leader and Vice Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Godswill Akpabio as well as other Senators re-echoed the same opinion and promised to support the Board to ensure that Nigerians derive more benefits from the Oil and Gas Industry.
The Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Abiodun Olujumi, according to the statement, underlined that the participation of two principal officers of the Senate – with six other senators clearly showed the importance the upper legislature attaches to the issue of local content in Nigeria.
In his opening speech, Sen. Adeola reminded members the purpose for creating the Senate Committee on Local Content, which includes to ensure the use of local manpower by companies operating in Nigeria; design policies that would engender the patronage of locally made goods and services; to oversight the work of NCDMB and to identify the gaps in the NOGICD Act with a view to amending it to reflect current realities.
He noted that the Senate capacity building workshop was necessary to develop legislators’ understanding of NCDMB’s Mandate, the journey so far, what has been achieved, the challenges and further actions required “to ensure that Nigerians derive more benefits from the industry”.
Speaking on the topic, “Structure and Operation of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board”, Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, reaffirmed the determination of the Board to fulfill its mission “to be the catalyst for the industrialization of Nigerian oil and gas and its linkage sectors.”
He acknowledged the encouraging remarks of the Senators, noting that their commendations and positive feedback will act as fresh tonic to the Board in the pursuit of its strategic objective to increase Nigerian Content performance to 70 percent in the next ten years.
The senators also identified the urgent need to resuscitate technical and vocational education (TVE) as a vector for human capacity development.
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