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NCDMB charges local content operators on standards




THE Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has urged local content operators to ensure that they observe all rules guiding their operations, saying no amount of excuses would deter the board from achieving its vision.

Speaking at the unveiling of the 90mm Stainless Steel Clad Separator built in Nigeria by Energy Works Technology Limited (EWT), an indigenous oil and gas firm in Port Harcourt at the weekend, the Board’s Executive Secretary, Denzil Kentebe, disclosed that a lot of partners and operators look for excuses to circumvent the process.

He, however, stressed that all the excuses are unfounded, adding that the Board will do everything possible to make sure that the NODIC Act is implemented to the letter.

The NCDMB boss said, “It is a difficult task for the Board to try to maintain its vision because as you know, there has been various excuses being given. There were the excuses of high cost, lateness and delay of the process, but I want to assure you that all these excuses are unfounded.”

The NCDMB boss noted that the EWT has added immense value to local content in the oil and gas industry.

Kentebe added, “The manufacture of this vessel is proof that local organisations can actualize the lofty goals of the local content law. As a Board, we have worked to strengthen indigenous companies and have demonstrated our dedication to developing them. This launch validates our trust in the Obijackson Group and its subsidiaries and also in other indigenous organisations.”

“These investments are very critical to achieving the board’s vision to use Nigerian content as a vehicle and platform to industrialise Nigeria and also government’s aspirations to create jobs and empower Nigerians.

“In the last few weeks, we have been called to various countries; Gabon, Kenya, and we also met people from Uganda. They are looking to Nigeria to lead them and show them the way in terms of achieving their own local content. This is something Nigerians must be proud of.”

The Group Managing Director, Obijackson Group, Dr. Ernest Azudialu Obiejesi, who was represented by the General Manager, Projects, Austin Agomuoh, said the Obijackson Group was committed to the cause of deepening local content in the energy sector.

He added: “This landmark achievement by Energy Works is a reflection of the Obijackson Group’s vision to maximise the potentials inherent in the Local Content Act signed into law in 2010.”

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