Sylva Tasks New NCDMB Council on Advancing Local Content Growth

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva has tasked new the Governing Council of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on strengthening local content growth in the nation’s oil and gas industry.

Speaking during the inauguration of the Board’s new Governing Council members, Sylva urged the council to ensure the growth of the capacity of indigenous oil and gas operators.

The Minister noted that the NCDMB’s 10-year Strategic Roadmap launched in 2018 was a key compass to ensuring that Nigeria derived more value in-country from its hydrocarbon resources.

He reiterated the target of the roadmap was to achieve 70 per cent Nigerian content level in the oil and gas industry by 2027..

Speaking further, Sylva tasked Nigerians to look inwards to explore the vast opportunities in the country to further diversify and protect the economy from external shocks.

He said the instability in the global oil market as well as the COVID-19 pandemic-induced economic crisis have made it imperative for greater commitment to growing Nigerian Content.

The Minister urged the governing council members to align with the 10-year strategic plan of the NCDMB and help improve the fortunes of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

“I want this goal to be achieved so that we are able to domesticate petroleum refining, domicile manufacturing of industry requirements, extract value from gas, and position Nigerian operators and service providers at the fore-front of play in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the industry.

“I therefore call on the in-coming members of the NCDMB governing council to do all they can to ensure that the set target is met by supporting the ongoing initiatives and by laying the foundation for the upcoming initiatives during your tenure.

“I want your decisions to be sound, timely, and in tune with the Next Level agenda of Mr President which is largely under-pinned by creation of jobs for Nigerians. I have no doubt that you will deliver on these expectations,” he said.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote, said the COVID-19 pandemic had revealed that there were existential threats.

He said that the ability of a country to cater for its people in a safe and secure environment was inversely proportional to its level of reliance on importation.

“Most nations diverted their products to their own use while others wait for any crumbs that fall off the table. The importance of local content in any nation cannot be over – emphasised and the COVID-19 experience of many nations is an eye-opener.

“Our reflection is that we are not fully at our destination but the situation could have been worse if not for the NOGICD Act.

“We are set and we are looking forward to the next decade of NCDMB with a sense of purpose to deliver on our mandate.

“We need the support, and indeed look forward to the backing of the governing council to make this goal a reality,” he said.

It was reported that the new members of the council are: Mrs Peace Oyanbo Owei, who is the first female to be on the NCDMB council, and a representative of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources; Engr. Sarki Auwalu, representative of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and Engr. Farouk Sa’id, representative of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Others are Mr Olorundare Thomas, representative of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and Mr Nicolas Odinuwe, representative of Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN).

The members were inaugurated for a four-year tenure.

Peace Obi with agency report

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