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NCDMB Reaffirms its Determination to Building Capacity of Youths in Oil, Gas Vicinities

By Inegbagha Majesty


The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, has expressed the determination of the board to build the capacity of youths in the oil and gas vicinities in the Niger Delta Region.

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Mrs Angela Okoro Speaking

Engr Wabote stated this on Tuesday at the 12th Practical Nigerian Content, PCN, Youths Forum in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, with the theme, ‘Conflict Management Mechanisms and Opportunities Around NLNG Train 7 Project’.

According to him, the essence of the forum was to hear from the youths and to seek ways on how the Board can assist in addressing their problems.

The Executive Secretary, who was represented by the General Manager, Corporate Communication and Zonal Coordination, Mrs. Angela Okoro, urged the youths who have benefited from NCDMB capacity trainings to contribute in helping the Board to achieve set goals.

Wabote also pointed out that, due to the efforts of the Board, capital flight in the oil and gas sector has reduced to 52 per cent, noting that monies that would have gone outside Nigeria are now retained for the development of the country.

He said, “One of the activities of the Board is to build the capacity of all Nigerians, laying emphasis on host communities of oil and gas companies wherever they may be found.

“We also want to hear from you on some of the things that are affecting you and how the Board can assist.

“A lot of you are graduates and have been been trained by the Board, and that is part of what we do to ensure we do not have capital flight. A lot of our people have gone outside the country but I assure you a lot of them will come back because I know if the Board continues in what it is doing Nigeria will be a better place for every one of us to live in.

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 “NCDMB also monitors the activities of these oil and gas companies and ensure that in whatever they do, there is a form they fill. It is called Content Development Plan and in that plan they will tell us what they will do for host communities. So our responsibility is to ensure that what they have written in that content plan is what they actually carry out.

“The Board, courtesy of the Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote, had drawn up a 10-year plan, which is to ensure that certain milestones are achieved within 2017 to 2027.”

In his remarks, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, who was represented by the Commissioner of Youths and Sports, Hon. Baraladei Igali, said his administration will continue to come up with development programmes aimed at empowering Bayelsa youths to compete favourably with their peers in other states of the country.

Diri, who frowned at the nonchalant attitude of some youths towards empowerment programmes, advised them to embrace the NCDMB Youth Forum as it will open their eyes to opportunities that abound in the oil and gas industry.


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