The executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board [NCDMB], Mr. Kesiye Wabote, has said that in the choice of the Oloibiri Museum and Research Centre as well as the Local Content Conference Hotel, all in Bayelsa state, the collaborators ensued to achieve edifices that will stand out as world-class oil and gas tourism destinations.
The Museum and Research Center is being developed as a collaboration between the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) and the Bayelsa State Government (BYSG)
The main contractors to the projects include Messrs Julius Berger and Messrs MegaStar Technical and Construction Co Ltd, handling the Oloibiri Museum, and the Nigerian Content Development Management Board [NCDMB] Conference Hotel, respectively.
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Conducting the groundbreaking ceremony in Bayelsa state yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by minister of petroleum resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva, said the feasibility studies, environmental impact assessment (EIA), site clearing and architectural design had already been completed.
He acknowledged the support of the Bayelsa state government to the projects, stressing that the contractors were carefully selected to ensure they put up their best.
In their separate goodwill messages, the group chief executive officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mallam Mele Kyari, and the managing director, Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Samuel Ogboku, pledged support to the realization of the projects.
Earlier, the Obanobhan of Ogbia Kingdom, His Majesty, King Charles Owaba and a representative of Otuabagi, Prof. Teddy Adias, expressed gratitude to President Buhari, through the minister of state for petroleum resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva, the state government and the various funding partners for the take-off of the Museum Project.
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The Oloibiri Museum and Research Center would be erected at the location where commercial quantities of oil were first discovered in 1957 by Royal Dutch Shell. The project is coming 66 years after the historic discovery of hydrocarbon resources, which became a turning point for the Nigerian economy.