Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development Management Board [NCDMB], Mr. Simbi Wabote has describd 2022 as the board’s year of ‘milestone achievement for the Nigerian content development.’
Looking back during the year, the ES said the content development overall plan moved from 47 to 54%, while the board clinched ‘The Best MDA Award for Ease of Doing Business’
At an fun-filled night in the corporate headquarters of the board, Wabote said all the achievements of the board is owed to the committed, hard working staff and the Nigerian content-friendly administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The NCDMB boss said the outstanding performance and productivity of staff had lifted the Board to enviable heights as evidenced by results achieved in the course of the year and preceding years.
“This is a place where we have lots of talents,” he stated adding that sometimes he assigns tasks to employees whose competence he has not tested before, but that they always end up producing the best results.
“I see people whose thought process is to improve the organization. Their thought process is how to make a difference,” he said, assuring that the Board would always show appreciation, and endeavor to provide good working conditions.
In line with the Board’s plans for a conducive and safe working environment, he drew attention to the excellent workspace and tools in the imposing edifice, and said work on a creche for nursing mothers in the organisation’s workforce is progressing well and would be completed soon.
A fire truck capable of dealing with emergencies even on the 17th floor of the building has been acquired and would also be commissioned soon, he also confirmed.
Explaining the many different benefits the presence of NCDMB in Yenagoa has continued to attract to Bayelsa State, he said a 204-room hotel of five-star ranking is being built in the vicinity of the Nigerian Content Towers.
All attired in white, with few exceptions among guests, the audience had the best of classical music and the like from the globally acclaimed Warri Choral Society, while outstanding Nigerian musicians including Tiwa Savage, and comedians completed the pack.
Tunes from the German-British composer George Handel and the best of Mozart were among musical compositions rendered in classical style by the Warri Choral band.
As part of activities at the event, awards were given to deserving staff, among them workers who have put in 10 years and above. Among others honoured were pioneer personnel of the Board who were seconded from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Earlier in opening formalities, the manager, corporate communications, Mr. Esueme Dan Kikile, had emphasized that 54% level in Nigerian Content is an appreciable leap in in-country value retention.
According to the board’s spokesman, the figure translates to the retention of $54 of every $100 expended by oil and gas companies in industry operations.
“Before 2010, the year of enactment of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act, Nigerian Content was as low as 5%, and the country bled from capital flight,” Kikile stated.