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NCDMB may outlaw outsourcing of jobs in oil sector

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Executive Secretary, Simbi Wabote of NCDMB

Executive Secretary, Simbi Wabote of NCDMB

The Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) may outlaw outsourcing of jobs that indigenous companies have the capacity to execute.

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote, who disclosed this while inspecting the facilities of Lee Engineering Limited in Warri, said items manufactured in Nigeria and confirmed durable for use in the oil sector would no more be allowed to be imported into the country.

Indeed, the NCDMB chief has been going round the country inspecting some Nigeria owned companies to determine their levels of capacities and competencies since he was appointed.

Wabote said: “In those days when we started local content most jobs are taken out of the country at the end of the day Nigerians are only invited to commission those jobs but going forward any job that can be done in Nigeria, any item that can be manufactured in Nigeria must be purchased in Nigeria. Those days when we take jobs that Nigerians can do overseas are indeed over because we will support Nigerian companies that have invested, Nigerian companies that have developed capacities and are continuing to create employment for Nigerians.”

The local content monitoring chief lauded Nigerian companies for having high levels of local content compliance saying that several of them had between 90 and 98 per cent compliance.

Wabote who said he was impressed with the calibre of equipment and facilities he saw at Lee Engineering added: “I can tell you categorically that this is a company that is determined to invest in Nigeria. Most companies have left Warri to locate themselves elsewhere but this company has remained faithful to Delta state and has equally continued to expand as you can see from the inspection we went through. More workshops are being built, more equipment are being brought which means the interest of the local communities are at the firm’s heart.”



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