By Shola Akingboye, 28 July 2022
The African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO) has expressed its readiness to partner with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in the field of technology development and training.
The Director, Research in APPO, Dr Najah M.O. Terha, stated this as he led the delegation of APPO on a two-day visit to the NCDMB headquarters.
According to him, he said the purpose of the visit is to assess some oil and gas training and research centres and institutes in Nigeria in terms of their capacity, and quality of programs and to determine current capacity and future expansion requirements where necessary.
He noted that the delegation was also keen to peer with similar institutes in other APPO member countries in the field of technology development and training, to ascertain the willingness of the management of those centres to serve as regional APPO centres of excellence for a lasting collaboration.
The team said the visit was also in line with APPO’s mission to promote cooperation among member countries by encouraging synergies and sharing of experiences through regional training and research centres in Africa to address major challenges of the energy transition.
Receiving the delegation from APPO, the Executive Secretary welcomed the delegation and explained that NCDMB had since its inception in 2010 shared experiences with other African nations on the operations of Local Content and how to implement the policies successfully. He added that NCDMB had also set agenda for a common Local Content programme for Africa.
Representing the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote, and the General Manager, Research and Statistics, NCDMB, Mr Abdulmalik Halilu, outlined Nigeria’s Local Content journey and the Board’s Research Commercialization Framework.
According to him: “We at NCDMB are happy with this meeting because we believe that opportunities should not only be within borders, but opportunities should also be beyond borders.”
As part of the visit schedule, Athe PPO delegate was received at the 17-storey Nigerian Content Tower located in Swali, Yenagoa Yenagoa Bayelsa State, and the Board’s flagship project- the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park Scheme (NOGaPs) in Emeyal 1, Ogbia, Bayelsa State.
The ES took the delegates around the oil and gas park and hinted that the facility is set up to incubate the manufacturing of equipment, spare parts, chemicals, and other inputs used for the oil and gas industry and ancillary sectors. He said the facility will be commissioned in quarter 4 of 2022:
“We have taken them through our strategy, Human Capital Development, Research and Development, growth of Local Content and its success stories and to be practical in our demonstration, that is why we are
visiting the oil and gas park”.
Also, in his presentation entitled “Human Capital Development (HCD) and Nigerian Content Development,” the General Manager, Capacity Building Division NCDMB, Dr Ama Ikuru, highlighted the Human Capacity Development Implementation Framework. He added that it aims to identify quality delivery and cost efficiency, ensure competitiveness, fairness and national spread of candidates, maximize the employability of trainees and sustain and growth of local training capacities.
Other members of the APPO delegation included Mr Bakary Traore – Head, Office of the Secretary-General (APPO); Mrs Temilola George – Head, Hydrocarbon Studies Department (APPO); Mr Sahgui Tiatti Tchananti, Head, Capacity Building (APPO); Mr Akossi Jan Michael – Project Management Analyst (APPO) and representatives from the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr Sunday A. Babatunde and Engr (Mrs.) Agatha Osanaiye.