July 22, 2024

Nigerian content in oil, gas sector reaches 42 per cent – NCDMB

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Nathan Tamarapreye, Yenagoa

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), says it has grown Nigerian Content in the oil and gas sector to 42 per cent.

Mr Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary of NCDMB gave the update on Wednesday while speaking at a Local Content workshop for the judiciary in Bayelsa.

The theme of the workshop is: “Philosophy and The Imperatives of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act.”

The growth, according to Wabote, translates to the retention of over $8 billion of the $20 billion annual spent on the industry within the Nigerian economy and is part of the NCDMB’s 10-year plan 2017-2027 to achieve 70 per cent by 2027.

The Executive Secretary noted that with less than 5 per cent Local Content. before the enactment of the NOGICD Act 2010, Nigerians are reversing the dominance of foreign companies.

He said that currently Nigerian owned oil companies produce 15 per cent of the country’s daily oil output and account for some 60 per cent of domestic gas supply.

On ownership of oil and gas industry equipment, Wabote said that available records indicate 40 per cent of vessels deployed in the sector were owned by Nigerians.

The workshop drew participants from Judges from Bayelsa judiciary, Federal High Court Yenagoa and Nigeria Industrial Court Yenagoa and Port Harcourt Divisions.

Mr Naboth Onyeso, Head of Legal Services at NCDMB noted that although oil and gas were on the exclusive legislative list, some conflicts arising from the implementation of the NOGICD Act may be brought before the state judiciary.

He said that the NCDMB sees all levels of the judiciary at state and federal levels as critical stakeholders who need to understand the NIGICD Act.

He said that the Petroleum Industry Act reinforced the NOGICD Act as it complements the legislation.

Mrs Kate Abiri, Chief Judge of Bayelsa who served as resource person in one of the technical sessions on the Role of the Judiciary in Attaining the Goals of the NOGICD Act examined all the sections of the Act.

She said a detailed grasp of the contents and intents of the legislation was crucial for the judiciary to give an unbiased interpretation of the law.

Senior officials of the NCDMB also presented papers at the technical session on the various aspects of the board’s operations before the audience.

The panel session of the workshop was on the topic: Challenges of Enforcing Breaches of NOGICD Act, The Role of the Bar and the Bench.

Dr Pereowei Subai, Head of Department, Property/Private Law, Niger Delta University served as moderator of the panel session which consisted of Onyeso of NCDMB, Prof Solomon Ebobra, Law Faculty of Niger Delta University.

Other members of the panel are Justice Mohammed Madugu, Judge of Federal High Court, Abuja, Inemesit Dike, Legal practitioner and Kelvin Ejelonu, a legal practitioner.

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