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The Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) says it is committed to expanding the local content attainment in the country, from 20% to 30%.
This was the remarks of the Executive Secretary Mr. Simbi Wabote when he inspected facilities of Nigerdock at its Snake Island office, Apapa, Lagos.
Mr Wabote who is just a month old in the office on, after taking a tour of Nigerdock described the company as a testament to the local content policy development in Nigeria.
Wabote visited the Nigerdock development academy, fabrication sites for vessels and maintenance workshop for vessels.
Speaking after the tour the Executive secretary said he was proud of the fact Nigeria had one of the best fabrication sites for vessels in the globe.
In an interactive session with the media, Mr Wabote assured that the board was planning to expand local content projects in the country, with strategic partnerships with the IOCs.
According to him “Before 2010, local content services in Nigeria were attaining 3%, but since 2010 the attainment has increased to over 20%”.
Looking at the operations, Wabote said under his watch monitoring compliance will be strengthened by a robust and comprehensive monitoring process.
On the local content development, he said “The stage we are in terms of local content development is more about encouraging and coercing a bit the service providers, as well as oil and gas industry to be on the same page with us as well to ramp local content”.
In her opening remarks the Director/Corporate Affairs Jagal Joy Okebalama said Nigerdock was a World Bank/Federal Government project, privatized in 2001 and acquired by Jagal in 2003.
She also asserted that Nigerdock was the first privately owned free zone that is 100% Nigerian, with all the full free zone benefits.
Some of the strides of the company include; the largest shipyard facility in West Africa, trained over 6,000 people in a range of skills covering fabrication, engineering, project management and has delivered over 27,000 training programmes.