Dorman Long Engineering limited, an indigenous oil and gas servicing company with competencies in fabrication, EPC, asset management, procurement and logistics has trained 39 young persons in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and 39 others as Project Management Professionals.
The trainings were sponsored by Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI) as remediation for violating the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act. HHI deployed expatriates to work on Chevron Nigeria Limited’s SONAM topside development project without requisite approvals from the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
One of the new pragmatic initiatives of the Board is to compel operating and service companies found guilty of non-compliance to provide restitution in the form of capacity development initiatives (CDIs). The Board decides the CDI based on the gravity of non-compliance.
This particular training programme lasted for 12 weeks and ended on June 19, 2017.
Speaking at the close-out ceremony, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote thanked Chevron Nigeria Limited and Hyundai Heavy Industry for building the capacity of Nigerian youths and imbuing them with knowledge that will promote Local Content in the oil and gas industry.
Represented by the Supervisor in the Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate (MED), Mr. Adike Kopiam, the NCDMB boss described the Board’s Human Capacity Development Initiatives as a key evidence of the success of the Local Content policy as it empowers Nigerian youths with various specialties and helps them secure employment in the industry.
In his remarks, the Managing Director, Dorman Long Engineering, Mr. Giorgio Macchiavello congratulated the trainees on completion of the programme and urged them to be diligent in their future endeavors.
Also speaking at the close out ceremony, the Nigerian Content Adviser, Chevron Nigeria, Mr. Obiora Iroegbu charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the programme, assuring that they would be contacted and employed if employment opportunities opened up in their establishments.
The Nigerian Content Coordinator, HHI, Mr. Prince Nwosa also thanked NCDMB for ensuring strict compliance to the NOGICD Act 2010 and making sure Nigerians gets jobs in the oil and gas industry. He also commended CNL for contracting the SONAM project to HHI and expressed hope that the second batch of the training programme will commence without delay.