Ernest-NwapaThe Federal Government said at the weekend that plans are on the way for aggressive integration of more Nigerians into the country’s multi-billion dollar oil and gas industry.

Executive secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Ernest Nwapa who disclosed this while heralding the practical content conference maintained that the board was already working along that line with its Nigerian Oil and Gas Industrial Parks Scheme (NOGIPS), to mobilise the industry to develop the local manufacturing capacity and create employment opportunities for Nigerians.

Ministers of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke; Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga; Supervising Minister of National Planning, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda; and Communication and Technology, Omobola Johnson; are, according to him, among personalities confirmed to attend the Practical Nigerian Content Workshop holding in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Other top officials expected at the conference, according to a statement by Public Affairs Officer of the agency, Obinna Ezeobi, “include the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Andy Yakubu, Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources, George Osahon, Executive Secretary of Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Dr. Oluwole Oluleye and the Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Dr. Sam Amadi.”

Also confirmed for the three day event are the Chairman of the House of Representatives Local Content Committee, Asita Honourable; chief executives of international operating companies and their counterparts from the Nigerian operating and service companies.

The workshop is being organized by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board in collaboration, in conjunction with the Bayelsa State Government and NCI-the Nigerian arm of CWC of UK, as a testament to the genuine collaboration required for successful implementation of the Nigerian Content Act.

Nwapa assured that preparations had been concluded, adding that discussions at this year’s event will dwell on strategies for integrating more Nigerians into the oil and gas industry activities.

The Executive Secretary explained that the Bayelsa State Government was using the conference to encourage the participation of its indigenes in the activities of the Oil and Gas industry and attract service companies to set up in the state.

It is expected that participation at this year’s conference will surpass that of last year which welcomed over 400 delegates across the two days of the workshop.

The PNC will also feature a separate event focused specifically at building the capacities of the youths of oil producing states.

Tagged Practical Nigerian Content Youth Workshop, the event will draw participants from youths and students groups, and feature presentations on career opportunities in the industry; key factors in running a successful business, value reorientation among others.


[Daily Independent]