The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) will stop operators in the oil and gas sector from importing personal protective clothing otherwise called coveralls as there exists sufficient local production capacity.
The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote stated this while commissioning Kay Global Garment Factory in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
The Executive Secretary who was represented by the Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Tunde Adelana described the importation of items like coverall as a negation of the tenets of the Nigerian Content Act, noting that “we will ensure that players in the oil and gas industry stop immediate importation of coveralls. We will clamp down on companies that import these materials that can be produced in Nigeria.”
While commending the company which was established three years ago, Adelana noted that the facility contributes to the Board’s vision of using Nigerian Content as a platform to industrialize Nigeria and create jobs and training opportunities for Nigerians. He maintained that “the event is a bold statement that Nigerians still have faith in the oil and gas industry and are willing to invest their funds in new plants and projects despite the low price of crude oil and other challenges facing the sector.”
In his welcome address, the Managing Director, Kay-Global Wears Company, Mr. Kayode Alagbajo commended the Board for its support, revealing plans to increase the company’s staff strength from 30 to 500. He noted that the company’s new factory will be commissioned in 2017 and it will produce 2000 coveralls per day.
“The Nigerian Content Act has made it possible for people to believe in our business. Through
the Act we have been able to train a lot of youths, retaining about thirty persons in our factory,” he added.