The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) says it has recorded success in the country since the enactment of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act, (NOGICD) in 2010.
Executive Secretary of the Board, Engr Simibi Wabote, disclosed this while speaking with The Tide shortly after a public function in Port Harcourt at the weekend.
Wabote said before the NOGICD Act was signed into law in 2010, all fabrications, engineering and procurement in the oil and gas sector were done abroad resulting in estimated capital flight of about $380bn in 50 years, with the level of Nigerian content far less than five percent, as the focus was mainly on oil revenue.
This dwindling economic fortune, he said, resulted in issuance of 16 and 23 directives in 2005 and 2006, respectively, to drive local content as a key development imperative, which raised the local content consciousness in the oil and gas industry.
He pointed out: “Before the NOGICD Act, we had annual spending of $20bn with little or nothing retained in-country. Today, I can confidently say that we spend $5bn in-country every year.”
According to him, only three per cent of marine vessels were Nigeria owned before 2010, saying today, Nigerians control and own 36 per cent of vessels that are used in the oil and gas industry.
He listed other achievements to include two world class pipe coating yards, local manufacturing of all cables required in the oil and gas sector, four active dry docking facilities for vessels, one each in Port Harcourt and Onne, Rivers State, and two in Lagos, among several other projects.
He said with the achievements so far recorded, the in-country value retention has been moved from less than five per cent to 26 per cent , adding that the vision was to achieve 70 per cent in-country value retention within the next 10 years.
He further explained that the objective was to enhance the diversification opportunities within the oil and gas sector.
Engr Wabote also stated that over 35,000 jobs have been created on the back of the implementation of the content development act.
He assured the commitment of the Board to live up to its statutory mandate of “developing capacity of local supply chain for effective and efficient service delivery in the oil and gas sector without compromise.”