LOCAL CONTENT: Wabote Vows to Adopt Experts Recommendations for Policy Making at the NCDMB

By Felix Ojo, 6th July 2021

The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote, has reiterated the commitment of the federal government’s monitoring agency under his leadership to give room for experts opinion and recommendations that will help shape policies for decision making at the NDCMB switchboard.

Wabote made the assurances during
the four day Nigerian Oil & Gas and Exhibition organised by dmg Events Nigeria to mark the 20th anniversary of the event in Nigeria.

Reacting to a panel discussion, the multiple award winner Wabote assured the panelists and other participants at the NOG 2021 that “All the Local Content recommendations by Stakeholders from the events will be synthesised and operationalized”.

He assured participants of a favourable business environment and enjoined them to be resolute, says the best is yet to come in the Oil & Gas Industry in the country.

It would be recalled that this year event came sequel to the termination of the 2020 event, which denied stakeholders the opportunity to converge for the all inclusive conference due to the outbreak of the pandemic, Covid19.

Meanwhile, this year conference happened to be significant to both the organisers and the participants, it commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition in Nigeria, l a melting pot for investors in the oil and gas sector both at the local and international level since two decades of NOG’s existence.

However, at the highlights of the event heralding the Nigerian Content Seminar on Monday, with the topic: “How can a Conducive Business Environment be Created for Nigerian Content to Thrive?”; the panelists recommendations geared towards the fact that the government needs to provide enabling environment for ease of doing business in term of policy making, tax reduction, infrastructural development, and guaranteed security.

Corporate bodies were also not left out; in their recommendations, private businesses were charged to provide and facilitate investment and trainings to achieve successful projects.

The session was moderated by Anike Odunlami – General Manager Nigeria Content Development, Chevron Nigeria. Other panelists are Abdumalik Halim – General Manager Research Statistics and Development NCDMB, Timi Austen-Peters – Chairman Dorman Long Engineering LTD, Kennie Obateru – Group General Manager, Group Public Affair Division NNPC, Eyono Fatay-Williams – General Manager Nigeria LNG – Represented by Dr. Sophia Horsfall Manager Corporate Communication & Public Affairs NLNG., Joseph Ofili – Nigeria Content Development – Sub Committee Chairman OPTS.

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