‘In-country training will further aid local content capacity, development’
Though the implementation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content (NOGIC) Act 2010 has aided investments and development in the oil and gas industry, encouraging in-country training will further increase local capacity development.
Indeed, the Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria (OGTAN) has stated that the Nigerian Content Act established by the previous administration has started yielding positive impacts in different sectors of the economy, especially in the oil and gas industry.
According to the OGTAN president, Dr. Afe Mayowa, the Act was one of the best things that have ever happened to the country, saying that the implementation of the law has attracted investments worth over $2 billion in the country while also creating more than 38,000 job opportunities.
Mayowa during a courtesy visit to The Guardian to herald its conference scheduled to hold on the 20th-21st of April, 2020 tagged, “Sustaining indigenous participation in the oil and gas industry through knowledge and technology transfer”, said although there is still room for improvement, the Act has practically created the current oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
“The Act has also created opportunities for our members to provide training in-country. We now have more trainers doing much more in the country. Ten years ago, there were very few indigenous trainers, but today, even the very few indigenous trainers are doing very little, but that has greatly changed he added.
He emphasised the need for empowerment of host communities through education, urging the federal government to maintain and sustain the stability in the Niger Delta through community and youth engagement.
He said: “We are in an international-driven business environment while also bearing in mind issues of volatility of the oil market beyond our control. We are deploying a mentorship programme to ensure that skills needed in the industry are transferred and our universities remain conducive for learning”.
He said going forward in 2020, the association would be using its conference to engage all relevant stakeholders in furtherance of OGTAN objectives, form a lobby that would ensure the draft ministerial amendment is accented to by the House of Assembly and would also continue to be in the forefront of ensuring the domiciliation of human capacity development programmes in-country.