NCDMB Tasks Oil Firms on Local Patronage

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By Jolly Adjevwe ,  Port Harcourt

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has called Multinational Oil Companies operating in Nigeria and the managements of the refineries to patronize indigenous oil services companies.

Executive Secretary of the Board, Mr. Denzi Kentebe, made the call at the opening of the first indigenous Masoneilan – approved repair centre at Onne, in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, said the step was necessary in order to boost local content.

Kentebe said where the indigenous companies have the capacity to satisfactorily carry out services in the sector, there was every need to reserve such jobs for them and stressed that it was by doing that the wisdom in the establishment of the local content initiative could be achieved.

By encouraging local content in the activities of the multinational oil and firms, Kentebe said local capacity would be enhanced while more employment and wealth creation would be achieved in the sector in view of its diverse nature.

The NCDMB scribe who was represented by the coordinator, Legal Services of the Board, Mr. Adetunde Adelana, commended the initiators for the centre, saying the project would be for the benefit of Nigerians in terms of training, employment and infrastructural development.

According to him, “For us in NCDMB, these are some of the things we have tried to push in the country so that Nigerians can begin to play better roles in the oil and gas industry”, he said.

The centre was built by an indigenous oil procurement and engineering company, Manuex Company Nigeria Limited and certified by for the assembling, repairing, sizing and actuating of values.

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