NCDMB, ACSSN inaugurate committee on marine services

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Association of Chandlers and Ship Suppliers of Nigeria (ACSSN) have inaugurated a joint committee tasked with suggesting new strategies that would promote the utilisation of Chandlers and marine related services in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

The committee was inaugurated on Wednesday at the Board’s headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Members drawn from the NCDMB include Engr. Jefferson Tuatongha, Engr. Gabriel Okpetu, Engr. Joshua Chidienem and Engr. Adedamola Aderibigbe. Representatives of ACSSN on the committee are Mr. Vickson Ossai Aghanenu, Mr. Siki Fibersima, Mr. Ademola Ogundare and Mrs. Victoria Bens Sodipo.

Inaugurating the committee, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote stated that the Board had introduced several initiatives aimed at growing Nigerian Content in the marine sector, one of which is the Marine Vessel Categorization. He noted that the policy had significantly reduced the contracting cycle for selecting marine vessels in the industry.

In his comments, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, NCDMB, Mr. Akintunde Adelana advised the committee to work speedily to deliver on its terms of reference, adding that the Board would develop a proposal and share with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigerian Petroleum Exchange (NipeX) with respect to creating a sub-category for Chandler Services, which will enable the extraction of more Nigerian Content deliverables from oil industry and marine services contracts.

NCDMB Pledges Support for Cable Manufacturers

Cable manufacturers in Nigeria will get all necessary support they need to boost their capacities and meet the expectations of the oil and gas industry, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote has said.

The Executive Secretary made the commitment during a recent facility visit to Kabelmetal Nigeria Plc and Miccom Wires and Cables on Thursday in Lagos.  He explained that oil and gas operations requires lots of cables, adding that the importation of cables will be resisted since local cable manufacturers are capable of meeting the needs of the oil industry.

He described the importation of cables as a negation of the tenets of the Nigerian Content Act, assuring that “we will work with you to ensure that those activities are domiciled in the country and your organizations are patronized. We will ensure that players in the oil and gas industry stop importation of cables that can be produced in Nigeria.”

While commending the companies for their investments, he charged them to maintain high quality standards, adding that the Board would not support mediocrity in the name of Local Content. He said, “Considering the risky nature and high intensive of this industry, high quality and standards must be maintained.”

In his presentation, the Chief Executive Officer, Kabelmetal Nigeria Plc, Robert Kretschmer, said the company plans to commence the production of shipboard cables which is a new technology. He stated that no Nigerian company had ventured into the production of this type cables because of the technicalities and investments required.

In her speech, the Chief Operating Officer, Miccom Cables and Wires, Mrs. Bukola Adubi revealed the company’s plans to manufacture High Voltage Cables in-country and sought the support of the Board to maximize utilization of local resources especially in the production of raw materials required for the cable production.

Corp Members Caution Youths on Cultism, Drug Abuse

As part of their community development service, members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) deployed to the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, recently organised a sensitization programme for secondary school students in the state on the dangers of cultism and drug abuse.

The corps members are part of the 2017/2018 Batch A of the scheme and they organised the programme at the Central Epie Secondary School, Opolo, Yenagoa.

In his opening remarks, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote who was represented by the General Manager, Planning, Research and Statistics Division, Alhaji Abdulmalik Halilu explained that Nigeria has a population of 150 million and about 40 percent of the populace often engage in various forms of drugs abuse, which predisposes some persons to armed robbery, kidnapping and other social maladies in the society.

 

He lauded the partnership between the Board and the NYSC to sensitize the youths on the dangers of drug abuse and on the need to adopt healthy lives expected from leaders of tomorrow.

 

Halilu advised the youths to avoid bad influence from their peers, adding that taking drugs without prescription from qualified medical personnel amounts to drug abuse. In his words, “drug abuse leads to bad health, depression, loss of control and untimely death.” He challenged the Federal and respective state governments to provide qualitative education system for the citizenry, employment opportunities, affordable healthcare and drug control mechanisms.

In his presentation, the Project Accountant, NCDMB Headquarters building project, Mr. Sodiq Bukar urged youths to shun drugs and cultism as they are tools for destruction in this modern age. He said “I encourage you to be prudent with your finances and not to waste your resources on drugs because they will lead you to poverty.”

In her remarks, the Vice Principal, Community Comprehensive Secondary School, Opolo, Yenagoa Mrs. Abah Karinade commended the Board and the Corps members for the initiative to eradicate cultism and use of illicit drugs amongst the youths. She pointed that the only way to aspire to economically developed state and Nigeria is for youths to shun drug abuse, cultism and other social vices.

NCDMB, OPTS sign agreement to shorten oil industry contracting cycle

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS), the umbrella body of major international and indigenous operating oil companies on Wednesday in Lagos signed a Service Level Agreement (SLA) aimed at shortening the often protracted industry contracting cycle.
The SLA commits the 28-member OPTS companies to comply with the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act, essentially to submit to the NCDMB documents like their Quarterly Job Forecasts, Nigerian Content Plans, Bidders Lists, Nigerian Content Evaluation Criteria, Nigerian Content Technical Bids among other relevant information in relation to industry contracting and procurement cycles. On the other hand, the Board pledged to respond on specific timelines and committed that should it fail to meet the set deadlines, the companies can proceed with their tendering processes after duly informing the Board.
The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote signed on behalf of the Board, while the Managing Director of ExxonMobil Nigeria, Mr. Paul McGrath signed on behalf of the OPTS. The Managing Director of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), Mr. Massimo Insulla; Managing Director of Chevron, Mr. Jeff Ewing and the Managing Director of Total Exploration and Production Nigeria, Mr. Nicolas Terraz witnessed the event.
Others industry leaders that participated in the event as well as a prior meeting to discuss areas of collaboration with operators and the NCDMB on reducing the duration of industry tendering process included the Commercial Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Mr. Martin Foley, who represented the Managing Director of the company and the Group General Manager of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Roland Ewubare.
The SLA with the OPTS is sequel to the one entered between the Board and the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) in May 2017, which was the first between a regulator and another entity in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary explained that the SLA with the OPTS was in furtherance of the Board’s efforts to meet the target set by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, for the industry contracting cycle to be shortened to six months. This initiative is also in line with the Presidential Executive Order 001, which promotes Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria. Initiatives by the NCDMB had helped to cut the cycle significantly to 14 months from 24-36 months which had obtained in the past.
Wabote stressed that operations of the oil and gas industry were time sensitive adding that a shortened contracting cycle would cut the cost of projects considerably.
He noted that the SLA signed with the NLNG had improved the turn-around time of approvals between the two establishments, informing that the Board was working to sign a similar agreement with the Indigenous Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG).
In his comments, the Managing Director of ExxonMobil thanked the Executive Secretary for the wonderful initiatives he had introduced since assuming office a year and half ago. He stated that the OPTS members contributed in the development of the SLA and they will ensure compliance.

Kachikwu performs ground-breaking of Bayelsa Oil & Gas Park

… FG to extend project beyond N/Delta

 The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu on Friday performed the ground-breaking of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park being developed by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) at Emeyal-1, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The park will generate about 2000 jobs when it begins full operation and create a regional low-cost manufacturing hub that will produce equipment components and spare parts to be utilized in the nation’s oil and gas industry.

The Board is working to establish oil and gas parks in five oil producing states, with the Emeyal-1 project the second to take-off.  A similar ground-breaking event was held early March at Odukpani, Cross Rivers State. The other sites are located at Oguta in Imo State, Ikwe-Odio in Akwa Ibom State as well as in Delta State.

Speaking at Emeyal-1, the Minister stated that the Federal Government plans to develop similar projects in other parts of the country so as to extend the benefits to more Nigerians. According to him, “We will work with the Board and provide everything that is needed for the projects. After the development of the five pilot parks in the Niger Delta states, we will extend this very innovative idea to other parts of Nigeria where oil has either been found or is being explored.”

Kachikwu affirmed that “this initiative will send a message to investors that Bayelsa is ready for oil and gas business and drive home the point that the park will bring about localization of indigenous companies, where fabrication,  pipe milling, procurement hubs and oil and gas related technologies will flourish.”

In his welcome address, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote confirmed that the “park occupies a total land mass of about 25 hectares which will comprise various warehouses, manufacturing shop floors and factories, training centre, hostels, administrative block, mini estate, security posts, fire station, including truck parking and holding areas.”

He informed that the park will be provided with uninterrupted power supply to address the electricity challenge which often besets most Nigerian manufacturers and businesses.

The Executive Secretary described the ground-breaking as a great step towards achieving one of the Board’s key mandates, adding that “this project will positively impact Bayelsa State in general and Emeyal community and its environs in particular. Citizens of the host community and environs will also benefit from on-the-job training opportunities.”

Wabote appealed to the host community to support and defend the project so it will be completed on schedule, warning that it will be relocated if it faces unreasonable demands and disruptions.

In his remarks, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Kemela Okara commended NCDMB for siting one of the oil and gas parks in the state. He acknowledged that NCDMB had been a veritable partner of the State Government and had contributed to the growth and development of Bayelsans.

Okara asserted that the Government was determined to industrialize the state and will support every effort designed to complement its efforts. “As a state we will support the execution of this project and ensure there is peaceful and conducive environment to aid the speedy completion as planned.”

The Obanobhan III of Ogbia Kingdom, His Eminence, King Dumaro Charles-Owaba assured the Board that the community is peaceful and the project will not be disrupted. He solicited that more investments should be sited in the community to create employment opportunities for youths.

NCDMB, NNPC to use one-stop approval desk for Oil Industry Projects – Kachikwu

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will before the end of 2018 start using a one-stop shop arrangement for reviewing and approving oil industry projects and contracts in a bid to shorten the industry contracting cycle.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu announced this on Thursday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State at a meeting with top management of the NCDMB at its headquarters. The collaborative approval process between NCDMB and NNPC, he explained, will ensure that the target six months contract approval cycle time is achieved, while the cost of crude oil production will also reduce. According to him, “if you look at the cost components we are trying to drive down; from $28 per barrel, it is now $23 and we are targeting $15. We can’t achieve that if our bureaucracy is slow.”

The Minister commended NCDMB for adopting the use of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with its key stakeholders, promising to ensure that other agencies within the Ministry of Petroleum Resources adopt the initiative which will help to drive efficiency within organisations.

The Board signed the first SLA with the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) in May 2017 and is preparing to sign similar agreement with the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) – the umbrella body of major international and indigenous operating oil companies. The SLA with NLNG provides specific timelines under which the Board must conclude requested reviews and approvals. Under the SLA, NLNG can proceed with its projects if the Board fails to respond at the expiration of set timelines.

Kachikwu said, “It takes a lot of courage for you to put a guaranty and tell people that if I don’t respond within a period, take it as approved. I will like to see this type of concept among all our parastatals. We can borrow a leaf from this.”

He reiterated that the Board had enjoyed high quality leadership from inception, which helped the agency record sterling achievements over the years. “I did say when I came here the first time that NCDMB is one of the few federal parastatals that has benefited consistently at the top management level in terms of leadership. The consistency is commendable over the last two or three persons who have led here. Each one complemented what the other person has done.”

Speaking further, Kachikwu praised the collaboration between NCDMB and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), particularly on the development of modular refineries, which would help to address the perennial shortage of petroleum resources, create jobs and minimize the scourge of illegal refining. He tasked the Board to collaborate with other relevant institutions including Nigerian universities, some of whom have developed prototypes of modular refineries.

On the Board’s headquarters building project which had got to the 17th floor, the Minister described it as a profound statement to the people of Bayelsa State that “the Federal Government did not just come to take oil and walk away but that we took oil and left something behind.” He added that the office complex would provide a good working environment and a wonderful incentive for international and local operating companies to set up offices within the building.  He stressed that such world class buildings and other infrastructure like airports, roads, security and recreation facilities were needed so that oil companies will find it commercially sensible to move their headquarters to oil producing states.

NCDMB, Nigerian Army to partner on Local Content development

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) will support the Nigerian Army with it plans to increase the level of Nigerian Content in the manufacture and procurement of military hardware and accessories.
The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote made the commitment when he delivered the keynote address at the Nigerian Army Research & Innovation Summit held in Abuja recently.
He spoke on “Local Content Development in Nigeria’s Defence Sector- an imperative for National Development” and explained that Research and Development (R&D) is the key to sustainable Nigerian Content growth and development.
Represented by the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, NCDMB, Mr. Daziba Patrick Obah, the Executive Secretary stated that for R&D to succeed and yield return on investment, it requires the collaboration of various stakeholders and a long gestation period.
According to him, the Board’s R&D Strategy is supported by the Research and Development Guidelines and Ministerial Regulation, adding that NCDMB had established Research Centres of Excellence at five universities across the country, including the Institute of Petroleum Studies (IPS) in the University of Port Harcourt, UNIBEN Centre for Geoscience & Petroleum Engineering, Rivers University Centre for Marine Engineering among others.
On strategies that would deepen the Army’s Nigerian Content credentials and contributions to the national economy, Obah canvassed adherence to the Presidential Executive Order 003, which mandates Support for Local Content in Public Procurement by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government, stressing that the implementation of Local Content should not be misconstrued as ‘Nigerianisation’, instead, the focus should be on ’in-country value addition.
There is also need for the Nigerian Army to incorporate Local Content requirements as a key condition for its procurement, particularly in Local assembly of armored cars, software development, assembly of equipment for intelligence gathering, production of uniforms, local production of bullet proof vests, building and maintenance of war ships in Nigerian ship yards and local production of booths and helmets.
He also counselled the Army “to equip institutions like the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) as a Centre of Excellence for Research, establish partnership with select Nigerian higher institutions on areas of interest in research, link with relevant industry to progress research findings to the stages of deployment or commercialization where necessary and initiate specific projects for technology development, demonstration, piloting and deployment or commercialization.”
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai opened the exhibition segment of the three-day summit and promised that the Nigerian Army will enhance its commitment to Research and Development as a strategy for improving the military’s capacity to contain the nation’s security challenges.
Some senior military officers and other resource persons spoke during the plenary and advised the Army hierarchy to adopt the Nigerian Content framework which had been successfully implemented by the NCDMB. Chairman of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria’s Local Content Group, (MANLOCG) and Managing Director of Metec West Africa Limited, Mr. Vassily Barberopoulos tasked the Army “to ask every big foreign company that has been enjoying its budget to come to Nigeria and partner with local companies.”
Another important contribution was the need for the Army to adopt a particular type of rifle so that the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) can set up local manufacturing lines for the weapon. The use of different brands and ranges of rifles by the Nigerian Army, Navy, Airforce as well as the Police and other paramilitary organisations has made local manufacture of rifles difficult, it was said.

OGTAN confers Achievement Award on Wabote

…Capacity Building key to oil industry development – Ezekwesili

The Oil and Gas Trainers Association (OGTAN) has conferred the Local Content Development Achievement Award on the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote.

The award was presented to him at the OGTAN’s 1st National Education Summit held in Lagos on Monday in recognition of the remarkable achievements he has led the Board to record in less than two years of his assumption of duty.

President of the group, Dr. Mayowa Afe asserted that NCDMB has exceeded targets in the implementation of the Nigerian Content Act and contributed immensely in the development of youths of the country.

Accepting the award, the Executive Secretary credited staff of the Board for the successes attained by the Board, noting that they collaborated and bought into the vision he brought to the Board.

He challenged staff to work even harder and innovate more initiatives, adding that there was a lot work to be done to deepen the implementation of Local Content practice. “How can we benefit all sectors of the economy, how can we impact the military and help them domesticate their clothing and hardware?” He stated that a lot of progress was being made in the implementation process and challenged every stakeholder to use their sphere of influence to make positive contributions to Nigerian Content development.

Speaking earlier on the topic “Sustaining Local Content through Quality Education and Training,” Wabote harped on the need to domicile the production of educational materials used at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. He informed that data from National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that about five million pupils are enrolled into our primary schools every year while the total population in all the primary schools is about 24 million.

He added that “24 million pupils mean that we should be producing at least 50 million pencils every year in our country. Imagine the number of employment generated if this is the case and the retained value if such endeavor is done in-country. We need about two million computers every year just for our secondary and university students. These are just some of the opportunities that could help booster our local content practice. There are much more from shoes to uniforms and the rest. That is the reason we have always advocated for sectorial linkages to other sectors of the economy such as ICT, power, and construction if we truly want to deepen our Local Content practice.”

He explained further that there are five key parameters required for sustainable Local Content practice, listing some of them to include the existence of a Regulatory framework to specify the roles and expectations of stakeholders in the implementation process and Capacity Building of local manufacturing, infrastructural development and human capacity.

Other necessary parameters include Periodic gap analysis to determine gaps that are needed to be closed in the areas of skills, facilities and infrastructure, Research and Development and the provision of Funding and Incentives to attract new investments and keep existing businesses afloat where required.

Dwelling on the Board’s Human Capacity Development programme, the Executive Secretary said the Board put in place “the 60-20-20 principle in which 60 percent of the Board’s and industry’s training resources and efforts will be devoted to providing young Nigerians with specialized skills they need to secure employment. 20 percent will be geared towards improvement of the productivity of already employed personnel while another 20 percent of spend will be used for trainings on soft skills.  Under the new strategy, beneficiaries will be provided with qualitative skills and international certifications that will position them for employment within and outside Nigeria.”

Delivering the keynote address at the event, the former Minister for Education Dr. Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili insisted that the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry cannot make a positive contribution to the economy without focusing on human capacity development. “The take-off points of countries’ development are connected to when they enhanced the capabilities of their citizens.”

She underscored the need to accelerate the pace of implementing the Nigerian Content Act and focus on outcomes that are measurable. “We must measure performance against set targets.”

Ezekwesili who also served as the Minister of Solid Minerals and Vice President of the World Bank, averred that the structure of the Nigerian and world economy had changed, hence the policy of education needed to change to reflect the new realities. “The policy makers must anticipate where the world is going. Education must enable us build a society where our people can compete globally. Artificial intelligence and simulation data are the big things today. The world will not wait for our oil.”

NCDMB holds Town Hall Meeting on Odukpani NOGAPS project

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has held a town hall meeting with key stakeholders of the Odukpani community in Cross River State, as part of efforts to ensure hitch free development of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park project.

The Zonal Coordinator, Akwa Ibom/Cross River NCDMB Zonal Office, Mrs. Ada Ohaeri represented the Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote at the meeting and explained the benefits of citing the project in the community. She informed that citizens of the community and other Nigerians would enjoy training and employment opportunities during the construction and operations phases of the project. She added that about 2000 jobs would be created when the park begins full operation.

Hon Bassey Akiba who represented the Head of Local Government Administration (HOLGA) in Cross River State stressed the need for stakeholders to protect the investment and promote peaceful coexistence, noting that it was the only way the project would be completed and benefit the community.

Paramount Ruler of Odukpani clan, His Royal Majesty Ekpeyong Effiok pledged to ensure that the citizens maintain the existing peaceful atmosphere that pervade the community.

 

The ground breaking of the Oil and Gas Park was held on March 2, 2018.

NCDMB donates ICT materials to schools in Bayelsa State

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has donated desktop computers, computer textbooks and workbooks to the Bayelsa State Post-Primary Schools Board (PPSB) as part of its capacity development initiatives. The items will be distributed to secondary schools in the state.

The General Manager, Capacity Development Division, NCDMB, Engr. Ikpomosa Oviasu was represented at the event in Yenagoa by the Chief Officer, Capacity Building Division, Mr. Augustine Timbiri. He emphasized the importance of computer education, particularly in our world that is driven completely by information communication technology.

The donations were received by Engr I.E Digitemie on behalf of the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Post-Primary Schools Board. He thanked the NCDMB for its commitment towards improving science education in the state and encouraged the Board to do more in support of education in the state.

The items donated include 752 computer textbooks, 752 computer workbooks and 32 desktop computers.

NCDMB provides several other institutional support  to education in Bayelsa State, including the annual NCDMB/NTA Science Competition for secondary schools and career counselling for secondary school students.