The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board has offered to repair some dilapidated dockyards in the country for servicing of local vessels, the Executive Secretary, Engineer Ernest Nwapa has said.
Speaking at the 3rd Practical Nigerian Content Conference, in Yenagoa on Wednesday, Nwapa said the board is looking at that option in order to reduce the stress of taking Nigerian vessels to neighbouring countries for repair.
He said the board has the resources to carry out the project with the intention of selecting one dilapidated dockyard for upgrade every year.
He said NCDMB is taking the process of developing capabilities of Nigerian businesses in stages.
“Now that many Nigerians own vessels that provide different services to the oil and gas sector, the next stage is to start thinking of servicing the vessels in house which will give room for additional jobs in the country”, he said, adding that his board in conjunction with Nigeria Chamber of Shipping will soon commence discussion on that.
In his remarks, Chief Executive Officer of Sopetro Marine Limited, Mina Oforiokuma said all that indigenous vessel owners need is suitable working environment to operate.
He said countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and China developed their maritime industry through provision of infrastructure.
Nwapa maintained that the maritime sector has lots of potentialities to employ many Nigerians if properly tapped.
Also speaking, Managing Director of Omak Maritime Ltd, Matthew Karimo commended the efforts by the NCDMB for increasing local capacities from nearly 5 percent participation to about 60 percent within three years.