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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Engineer Simbi Kesiye Wabote as the substantive Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB.
His appointment, alongside 12 other chief executives for Federal agencies was announced in a statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Bolaji Adebiyi.
Before his appointment, Wabote, who hails from Brass in Bayelsa State, South-South Nigeria was the General Manager, Business and Government Relations, Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria Limited and member of the company’s Board.
Before this, he served as the Local Content Manager, Shell C&P Global and had the responsibility of developing Local Content Strategy for Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) Upstream, and Downstream operations in addition to ensuring implementation for business outcomes. His job functions also included development of local procurement strategy, local and international partnership development strategies, cross-functional team management and the alignment of global supply chains with local supply chains in countries like Nigeria, Gabon, Brunei, Oman, Kazakhstan, Australia, Iraq, Qatar, Jordan, Americas, USA and new frontier countries for Shell.
He was appointed to the role after a creditable performance as the General Manager, Nigerian Content Development, Shell Nigeria.
An experienced Oil and Gas professional with proven track record in Engineering, Supply Chain, Stakeholders management, Local Business Development and General Management, Wabote has over 20 years top-flight experience in International, Multinational and National business environment. He is also a Change Management Agent with proven competence to manage change and implement strategic business models.
A graduate of Civil Engineering and holder of a Master of Science Degree in Corporate Governance from Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, Wabote managed lots of major Civil Projects in the Oil and Gas Industry and including the External Affairs portfolio for SPDC.
He has also supervised the construction of roads and various drilling locations for Shell, served as Head of Civil Engineering East for SPDC, Project Manager for the Development of Osubi Airstrip Development, National Assembly Relations Adviser for Shell and Managed the development of Community/Nigeria Contractors to provide services to the Oil and Gas Industry.
He takes over from, Mr. Patrick Daziba Obah – the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics – who functioned as the Acting Executive Secretary following the removal of Mr. Denzil Amagbe Kentebe in February this year.
Other appointees include Mr. Joseph Ari who is the new Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) as Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Aboloma Osita Anthony, the new Director-General of the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON).
Also appointed as Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) is Mamman Amadu; Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has Barrister Sharon Ikeazor as Executive Secretary, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) National Coordinator/CEO has Princess Akodundo Gloria, Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF) has a new Executive Secretary in Alhaji Ahmed Bobboi, while the Oil & Gas Free Zone Authority has Umana Okon Umana as Managing Director.
Others are Sa’adiya Faruq as Federal Commissioner for the National Commission for Refugees, Migrant and Internally Displaced Persons, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) new Chairman is Engineer Usman Abubakar, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) has Dr. Bello Aliyu Gusau as the Executive Secretary while Yewande Sadiku is the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).