Kenechukwu Obiajuru, Yenagoa

The indigenous vendors in Bonny Island, under the aegis of Association of Niger Delta Vendors in Oil and Gas have expressed their readiness to participate in an upcoming business workshop for young entrepreneurs in the oil and gas from Bonny Kingdom ahead of the commencement of Train-7 project.

The workshop which is scheduled to hold in Bonny community between November 22 and 23 according to the organisers would enable participants to know the available business opportunities in the project.

NLNG Train-7 is a gas production expansion project valued at over $7 billion by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) located in Bonny Island in Rivers.

The Organising Committee Chairman, Mr. Chris Jumbo, told newsmen in Bonny recently that the workshop was timely ad it would highlight opportunities, as well as address some teething challenges for the project to take off smoothly.

According to him, engaging businessmen from the NLNG host community would among others ensure the people’s support for the expansion project.

He said, “We want to applaud the organisers of this novel initiative. It encourages community participation, and when that is factored in, the environment becomes conducive.

“Leadership of various professional groups in Bonny kingdom are favourable disposed to the idea of this gathering to examine the potentials of the proposed NLNG Train-7.

“We are therefore commending the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote and the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Prof Charles Dokubo for putting this workshop together.

“This is the first time host community is being recognized by including them while carrying out the public awareness for opportunities for prospective vendors.

“These are the kind of move that makes community feel involved and hence will jealously guard the project and its facilities.

“We believe that issues discussed in this forum will give a pragmatic approach to mitigate industrial dispute before they occur because of the proactive steps taken by the management of the NLNG

“The commitment, passion and content brought to the table are quite impressive, we wish to encourage these collective efforts by the relevant stakeholders to use the project to drive development of Niger Delta region,” He said.

Speaking further, Jumbo said that over 100 vendors and other business groups have signed up for the workshop.

He expressed optimism on the huge business and development potentials the event will bring to the Bonny and commended the NLNG MD, Mr Tony Attah and Minister of State for Petroleum for their efforts in seeing that the project becomes a reality.

Jumbo advised prospective participants to log in to the official portal to register and make seat reservations.

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