Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Wednesday urged the leadership of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to collaborate with his administration in the areas of capacity building, empowerment and involvement of Bayelsans in the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Governor Dickson, who stated this during a courtesy visit by the new Executive Secretary of the board, Mr. Denzel Amagbe Kentebe in Government House, Yenagoa, stressed the need for people of the state, especially the business class to be effectively integrated into the oil and gas sector.
He intimated the new NCDMB boss of the doctrine of Bayelsa Content developed at the 4th Practical Nigerian Content Forum, organized by the board in conjunction with the State Government and other critical stakeholders in Yenagoa last year.
According to him, the implementation of the doctrine will not only enhance the process of capacity building, but will also generate employment opportunities to complement the government efforts in promoting wealth creation and the economic wellbeing of the people.
While lamenting the insufficient involvement of Bayelsans in the oil and gas industry, the Governor called on the Board to evolve policies and programmes to encourage Bayelsa contractors and professionals participate actively in the industry.
Congratulating Mr Kentebe on his appointment as the Executive Secretary of the Board, he also commended the Federal Government for the gesture, describing the development as a first step to implementing the Bayelsa Content within the framework of the larger Nigerian Local Content.
Governor Dickson reassured the NCDMB management of the State Government’s continued preparedness to partner with the Board to achieve its set goals for the nation.
He added that, his administration’s huge investments in the provision of critical infrastructures, including the cargo airport, roads, hospitals and world class hotels are geared towards creating the enabling environment for the Board and other corporate organisations to carry out their operations in the state.
His words: “ The essentials of our doctrine of Bayelsa Content entails the empowerment of our people; the contractors and business class. We want to be in a position to evaluate how many local content jobs in the oil and gas sector are undertaken by Bayelsans.
“We want to know the wealth that comes to us on account of the industry that started from here. We want to get more involved in the sector. That informed my appointment of a Special Adviser on Local Content Development.
“The Young man is here and he will work closely with you and your team so that we should be able to ascertain on a month by month basis, quarterly and project by project basis, what we have benefited at the end of every year.
Earlier in his remarks, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Mr Denzel Kentebe expressed gratitude to Governor Dickson for the role he played to actualize his appointment.
While pledging to sustain the cordial working relationship between the State Government and the Board established by his predecessor, Mr Ernest Nwapa, the new Executive Secretary, promised to intensify efforts towards the completion of the Board’s corporate headquarters building in the state.
On capacity building, Mr Kentebe disclosed that, about sixty Bayelsans have been trained in oil spill management and remediation, assuring that the Pipe mill Project sited at Polaku in the Yenagoa Local Government area of the state would take off as soon as possible.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State