Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has concluded its stakeholders’ sensitization workshops on Expatriate Quota Management Initiative for midstream and downstream companies in the oil and gas industry, with a commitment to achieving sustainable industrialization in Nigeria.
The workshop, which was held in Lagos and Port Harcourt, is aimed at creating awareness and extending the Expatriate Quota management initiatives to midstream and downstream sectors and other agencies of government.
Addressing participants, NCDMB executive secretary, Mr. Simbi Wabote, said the stakeholders’ sensitization workshop initiative to companies in the Nigerian oil and gas industry falls under the medium term plan of the NCDMB’s 10-year Strategic Road Map.
The ES, who was represented by the director, planning, research and statistics, Mr. Daziba Obah, said the workshop would showcase features on the NOGIC-JQS portal to the industry stakeholders and provide an opportunity to educate the stakeholders of the possible benefits of using the NOGIC JQS platform through the different modules.
Other objectives of the workshop included extending Expatriate Quota Management initiative to midstream/downstream companies operating in the Oil and Gas Industry and strengthening compliance with the NOGICD Act and discussing Expatriate Quota application process, Temporary Work Permit processes and Expatriate Biometric Data Capture Scheme.
He commended some of the companies that had successfully received the Board’s Expatriate Quota (EQ) approval and urged other stakeholders’ to constantly update their NOGICJQS Basic information to reflect their company capabilities.
He explained that a reputable Board, NCDMB vision statement is to be the instrument for the industrialization of Nigeria. “We hope to achieve this through an uncanny display of patriotism, integrity, team spirit, professionalism, creativity, and passion.
“In addition, as part of the Board’s 10-year strategic Road Map and implementation plan, the EQM initiative falls under the medium term (3-5 year plan) of the 10-year Strategic Road Map.
“This event has been put together to create awareness and extend the EQ management initiatives to companies in the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry and other agencies of government: The government agencies invited for the workshop are: Ministry of interior (MOI), Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS), Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Nigerian Midstream & Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), & Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency (NIMASA).”
Wabote pointed out that the main thrust of the stakeholders sensitization workshop is to take the stakeholders through the different modules to address various issues of concerns in using the NOGIC-JQS portal, and provide an opportunity to educate the industry stakeholders of the possible benefits of using the NOGIC JQS platform.
He stressed that it was also aimed at, “Presenting an opportunity to inform the industry stakeholders of the need for constant update of their JQS profile accounts, Present an opportunity to interact with the industry stakeholders on the possible ways to gather quality data through the JQS platform, extend Expatriate Quota Management initiative to companies operating in the Oil and Gas Industry & strengthen compliance with the NOGICD-ACT 2010 and discuss Expatriate Quota application process, Temporary Work Permit processes, Expatriate Biometric Data Capture Scheme, 1% NCDF Remittancesvia the NOGIC-JQS portal and any other issue of concerns.”
He said the Nigerian Oil and Gas Content Industry Joint Qualification System (NOGICJQS) is the industry databank for available capacities and capabilities used for the Nigerian Content registration and pre-qualification of contractors in the industry; verification of contractors’ capacities and capabilities; evaluation of application of Nigerian Content in the operations of oil companies and contractors; database for national skills development; and ranking and categorization of service companies based on capacities and Nigerian Content.