The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) is set to innovate strategies that will deepen interventions aimed at domiciling industry activities within Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary of the Board, Mr. Denzil Amagbe Kentebe who stated this on Tuesday in Yenagoa at his first town hall meeting with staff also pledged to galvanize industry stakeholders to improve on the achievements recorded in the first five years of implementing Nigerian Content.
He announced plans to strengthen the Boardâ€™s internal processes and enforce the compliance monitoring system.
Kentebe who paid tribute to the pioneer Executive Secretary, Dr. Ernest Nwapa for leaving an illustrious legacy in the industry, noted that NCDMB had acquired an enviable reputation for transforming the oil and gas industry from a sector that depended on foreign inputs to one that develops and utilises local human and materials resources and indigenously owned assets.
Speaking further, the Executive Secretary identified the Nigeria Oil and Gas Park Scheme (NOGaPS), Polaku Pipemill project and Human capital development programs as some of the key projects he planned accelerate.
He also listed other projects that will get priority attention to include Youth Employment, Empowerment & Entrepreneurship Initiative and Marine Service Sector Strategy.
While acknowledging that the oil and gas industry was facing trying times, especially with the falling oil prices, loss of jobs, project revaluations and environmental issues, Kentebe charged staff of the Board to be guided by the national interest when operators and other interest groups come seeking for a reduction in Nigerian content scopes in view of the challenges.
Meanwhile, the NCDMB and the Bayelsa State Government have pledged to work closely with a view to deepen local capacity and integrate indigenes of oil and gas bearing states into industry operations.
The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr. Denzil Amagbe Kentebe and the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Seriake Dickson made this commitment at a meeting held at the Governorâ€™s office in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State recently.
Kentebe explained that the Board had continually partnered the Bayelsa State Government on various initiatives, including the annual Practical Nigerian Content Conference which holds in Yenagoa while indigenes of oil bearing states participated in the direct capacity building projects like the Oil Spill Management and Environmental Remediation Training and the artisanal training programme held in 2014 at the Federal University Utuoke, Bayelsa State.
He assured that the Board will involve more youths from oil bearing states in forthcoming programmes.
The Executive Secretary requested the Bayelsa state government to develop the road leading to the pipe mill project site at Polaku and address the encroachment into the construction site of the Boardâ€™s headquarters building in Yenagoa.
He commended the Governor for the safe environment his administration had provided in the state, noting that staff of the Board had worked in the state since 2010 without any breach of their safety.
In his welcome remarks, Governor Seriake Dickson identified key areas of collaboration with the Board to include capacity building for indigenes of the state, incorporating Bayelsa Content into the framework of Nigerian Content and stimulating the stateâ€™s business environment through oil industry operations.
Â He announced the creation of a state desk on local content charged with the task of liaising with the Board regularly to ensure maximum participation of the stateâ€™s indigenes in the producing and service activities of the oil and gas industry.
The Governor regretted that Bayelsa state had borne the brunt of industry operations for over 50 years but had not got commensurate benefits.
He pledged his administrationâ€™s determination to develop the stateâ€™s infrastructure to the level that will be conducive for oil and gas operations and attract expatriates and other industry stakeholders.
Dickson also promised to address the concerns of the Board and assured the Executive Secretary of the administrationâ€™s preparedness to support the organisation in any way necessary.