Group managing director of Lekki Nigeria based Future Concerns Group, Mr. Tony Oguike, has commended the Nigerian Content Development Management Board (NCDMB) for motivating Nigerian energy service companies to invest in strategic facilities in the oil and gas industry and ensuring that they get patronized by operators in the industry.

Welcoming the executive secretary of the NCDMB, Mr. Simbi Wabote to a facility of the company last weekend, Mr. Oguike said his outfit will be one that the Board will be proud of.

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“This factory is going to be internationally certified and hopefully, NCDMB will be proud of it and future chief executives and manufacturers will look to it and improve their investments and strategies,” he said.

He explained that the Future Concerns Group has diversified operations, including Future Oilfield Services Limited, Future Concerns Safety Centre, MSA Service Centre, and Future Automations, which offer calibration technical services.

Some of the services offered by the group include Fixed Gas, Portable Gas, Fall Protection, Engineered System, Emergency Response, Lock Out and Tag Out, Safety Signages, Risk Assessment for sites, Environmental Management, and Pollution Management and Control.

In his remarks after touring the company’s existing facilities and the factory under construction, the ES commended the management of Future Concerns Group for their decision to domicile the PPE manufacturing facility, rather than perpetually serving as the distributor of imported Red Wings products.

Expressing excitement at the hopes the factory holds for the industry, the NCDMB boss expressed regret that operators of the Nigerian oil and gas industry prefer to import several equipment components and items that could easily be manufactured in the country.

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“I hope that the trend would be corrected with the efforts of committed investors like the founder of Future Concerns Group,” he said.

He highlighted the remarkable difference between PPEs used in the oil and gas industry and the ones used in other sectors, hinting that PPEs meant for the oil industry must be fire-resistant as well as meet other specific ISO standards.

He emphasized that Future Concerns’ personal protective equipment factory will go beyond the oil and gas industry and serve other sectors that require PPE, like the construction and power industries.

The ES expressed hope that the factory will start manufacturing coveralls by December 2022 as scheduled and grow systematically to produce other Red Wings PPE products in the country.

By Sunday Elom and Chidi Ekpewerechi

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