The Nigerian Content and Monitoring Development Board (NCDMB), said it has embarked on establishment of several vocational colleges and centres across the country.

This is as part of the Board’s efforts to attain global standard in human capital development required in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

Executive secretary of the NCDMB, Mr. Simbi Wabote, made this known during the recently concluded two-day, ‘2022 Virtual Stakeholders Workshop for Human Capital Development (HCD) in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry’ organized by the Board.

Wabote said that the board under NAGOTE Act is upgrading vocational colleges across the country and equipping them with modern tools and opportunities.

He revealed that the board has successfully renovated schools in Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states and completed the ultramodern vocational center of excellence initiated by petroleum technology development funding in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital.

“This center will be commissioned soon, and thanks to Tax Processing Nigeria Limited for funding and executing the completion of the project which was directed by the board under the CBI Programme.

“For those of you who do not know the location of this training center, it is located in Port Harcourt when you come out of the international airport in Port Harcourt and you are going into town on the right hand side, you will see these entities standing there.”

He said that under the institutional strengthening initiative, the board carried out many projects at the Nigerian Maritime University, Warri, Delta state.

According to Wabote, the Board is also winding up a new project in the University of Port Harcourt; Rivers State University of Science and Technology, while it is planning new projects in other universities.

“In addition, the Board came with the research and development department while it is working to establish centers of excellence within the six geopolitical zones in the country.”

He lauded all its partners saying, “Let me use the opportunity to thank the operating companies and services companies, who are compliant to the directive of the board,: but warned that, “those who understand the future of the industry will be at risk without adequate investment in human capacity development.

“It has come to the attention of the board that some operating companies and services companies are reluctant to implement the ACB programme as directed by the board. Most of the companies are testing the might of the board, and I want to use this unique opportunity to inform every company that the board will not hesitate to let out appropriate sanctions as prescribed by the law.

“If the current level of noncompliance continues the board might be forced to carry out sanction of ACB programme and companies found wanting on human capital development initiatives as mandated by the  NOGATE ACT 2010.

According to him; “The ministerial regulations at the occasion of the 2nd edition of the human capacity development workshop abhorred us a great opportunity to directly shape the implementation of the ACB project in the industry. It is not a congress for neatness debate and  agitation and should be used to maximize value on every kobo spent in human capacity development.

“I see it as an opportunity for rubbing of mind in the secondary, vocational and tertiary institutions to enable us meet the board challenges that are leading in the high cost and mind our spending in retaining graduates of these schools.

“I also want to use this opportunity to reflect and redirect our efforts to ensure that development in technology in the world does not leave Nigeria behind. I am sure that the outcome of this workshop will be of top quality and enable us to prepare ourselves for the challenges of tomorrow.”

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