The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has advised local engineers to take advantage of the Content Development Act by dominating the nation’s oil and gas industry before 2022, NTA News reports.

Mr Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary of the board, gave the advice at a panel discussion organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Victoria Island Branch on Saturday in Lagos. Wabote, who was represented by the board’s Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Tunde Adelana, said local engineers could successfully drive the oil and gas sector.

He identified skill gap as the reason expatriates dominated the oil and gas industry, stressing the need for skill transfer for local engineers to take over. He, therefore, emphasised the need for local engineers to acquire needed skills to reverse the expatriates’ domination trend.

The board scribe also highlighted various policies of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to grow opportunities for local content. He said that in line with the policies, the board would target weak upstream and downstream areas for capacity enhancement.