Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) have tasked Nigerian companies on best global practises in its operation in the oil industry.
The Vice- Chairman/ Managing Director NAOC/NAE/AENR, Lorenzo Fiorillo, who stated in Yenagoa during the 5th Edition of the workshop on Regulatory Compliance and Procurement Best Practices for Nigerian Oil and Gas Contractors organised by NOAC Joint Venture, restated the commitment of Agip to the development of Nigerian companies as part of efforts to boost the local content.
According to him Agip is determined to “develop the capacity of Nigerian-owned companies to actively participate on sustainable basis in the oil and gas industry and assist the Nigerian government in achieving the noble objectives spelt out in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act (NOGICD).
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Fiorillo who was represented by Alessandro Tiani, General Manager District, NAOC, explained that the workshop was designed to address gaps in various competences for business growth and sustainability in the oil and gas industry.
According to him it is also in line with the core value and mission of the company to build and sustain long term partnership in the countries in which it operates by developing local capacity and capabilities of all stakeholders.
“This is to further demonstrate our strong commitment to Nigerian Content Development through the implementation of various activities and partnership that support and enhance the attainment of the Board overall objectives.”
The Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote commended NAOC/ENI for the continuous hosting of the event in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and also for the consistent and measurable indigenous contractors/SMEs capacity building and Nigerian Content entrepreneurial developmental programmes.
Wabote who was represented by the Director Research, Planning and Statistics, Mr Patrick Obah commended Agip for partnering with NCDMB in the provisioning of power for the Bayesla NCDMB Oil and Gas Park.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oando PLC, Mr. Wale Tinubu represented by Mr. Adeyemi Oriawa said the programme reinforce Oando’s commitment with its Joint Venture partners towards developing and supporting the mission of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
He commended NCDMB for the giant strides it has taken in recent times towards the promotion and regulation of Nigerian Content Development.
“We remain committed to its values and continue to collaborate and support our Joint Venture partners in promoting our local content. We also want to thank NAOC for organising this workshop on behalf of NAPIMS and Oando. You can be rest assured of our active participation in all Joint Venture NCD programmes.”