The executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Simbi Wabote, has assured that despite the impacts of the flood, the board’s proposed Practical Nigerian Content Conference 2022 would.
In a release issued yesterday by NCDMB, the ES said while the dates, Dec 5 – 8, remain the same, the venue has been changed from Yenegoa to Uyo in Akwa Ibom state.
The event is a major annual conference for stakeholders in the oil and gas sector around the country, usually held at the Commission’s headquarters in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
Wabote noted that the East-West Road, which is one of the major arteries to the state has been badly impacted making it difficult for human and vehicular movements.
He said: “We are saddened to come to the realization that the event is now threatened due to the unprecedented flooding that affected 31 states in the country, including Bayelsa State with most parts of the state seriously affected, including Yenagoa, the state capital and host city for the event.
“While we acknowledge that the flood has begun to recede, it is doubtful that significant recoveries would be made from now to the date of the event, which is about six weeks away.”
According to the NCDMB boss, the facilities on ground in Yenagoa for the hosting of the PNC 2022 ― hotels, eateries, small businesses, service providers and logistics support―have also been heavily impacted by the flood.
“Most of our operational vehicles that would provide logistic support to the PNC team are also stuck either in Port Harcourt, Rivers State or Warri, Delta State due to the state of the East-West Road. In view of the foregoing, I am constrained to write to inform all staff of the movement of the venue of the PNC 2022 from Yenagoa to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State to hold on the same date.”
Wabote assured that, notwithstanding the disruptions of the flood, the plans and projections planning committee are still intact and would be delivered smoothly, with the Board’s partners, DMG Nigeria Events.
He however, stressed that the shift of venue will only be for this year. The Nigerian Content Tower in Yenegoa, Wabote said, remains the preferred destination for the NCDMB flagship event.
According to him the next edition in 2023 will return to Yenagoa bigger and better to celebrate the resilience of the city.
The Practical Nigerian Content Forum is a flagship event of the board which attracts major stakeholders in the oil and gas industry from across Nigeria.
The event serves as an opportunity to showcase the practical investment opportunities and achievements of NCDMB in the Nigerian oil and gas industry and its linkage sectors. It also hosts senior government officials, heads of international and indigenous oil companies, and exhibitions of industry products and services.