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  •  One thousand Cross River youths from the three senatorial districts on Monday received laptops and starter packs from the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB after a training programme The trainees are also expected to receive N120 000 as stipends a shop each and registration of business names which were selected for the training in phone repairs hardware software and entrepreneurship development During the graduation ceremony of the trainees in Calabar Mr Simbi Wabote Executive Secretary NCDMB said in the era of the fourth industrial revolution mobile technology had become an indispensable tool He said that the telecommunication industry was one of the fastest growing in the nation and was contributing massively to the nation s Gross Domestic Product GDP According to data from Nigeria Communications Commission and Nigeria Bureau of Statistics Nigeria s tele density grew from 1 89 per cent in 2002 to 102 47 per cent in 2021 Similarly Nigeria s total subscription to the network now stands at 195 million while the number of android phone users now stands at 56 million he noted He appealed to the trainees to effectively use what they have learnt adding that their involvement in the programme had the capacity to increase the GDP of the nation On his part Mr Legor Idagbo Chairman Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Committee in the House of Representatives noted that similar programmes had earlier been held in Kano Kaduna Bauchi Jigawa and Yobe states Idagbo representing Bekwarra Obudu and Obanliku Federal Constituency of Cross River facilitated the initiative saying the selection of the trainees was random and apolitical based on those that applied While reeling out the benefits of the programme for the trainees he told them that the ball was in their courts adding that they would only succeed by practising what they had been taught It is the mindset that you have that will make you succeed I want to challenge you to ensure that we see 50 to 60 per cent success from this training he said Similarly Gov Ben Ayade advised the beneficiaries to use the equipment they would be receiving to make their lives better while becoming entrepreneurs Represented by his deputy Prof Ivara Esu the governor appealed to the beneficiaries not to sell what they have been given but use them to their betterment and that of the state Use what you have been given well don t sell them they are for your good The state is giving you three years tax exemption access to funds different initiatives from the Federal Government and protection from multiple taxation he said www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    1,000 Cross River trainees receive laptops, starter packs from NCDMB
     One thousand Cross River youths from the three senatorial districts on Monday received laptops and starter packs from the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB after a training programme The trainees are also expected to receive N120 000 as stipends a shop each and registration of business names which were selected for the training in phone repairs hardware software and entrepreneurship development During the graduation ceremony of the trainees in Calabar Mr Simbi Wabote Executive Secretary NCDMB said in the era of the fourth industrial revolution mobile technology had become an indispensable tool He said that the telecommunication industry was one of the fastest growing in the nation and was contributing massively to the nation s Gross Domestic Product GDP According to data from Nigeria Communications Commission and Nigeria Bureau of Statistics Nigeria s tele density grew from 1 89 per cent in 2002 to 102 47 per cent in 2021 Similarly Nigeria s total subscription to the network now stands at 195 million while the number of android phone users now stands at 56 million he noted He appealed to the trainees to effectively use what they have learnt adding that their involvement in the programme had the capacity to increase the GDP of the nation On his part Mr Legor Idagbo Chairman Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Committee in the House of Representatives noted that similar programmes had earlier been held in Kano Kaduna Bauchi Jigawa and Yobe states Idagbo representing Bekwarra Obudu and Obanliku Federal Constituency of Cross River facilitated the initiative saying the selection of the trainees was random and apolitical based on those that applied While reeling out the benefits of the programme for the trainees he told them that the ball was in their courts adding that they would only succeed by practising what they had been taught It is the mindset that you have that will make you succeed I want to challenge you to ensure that we see 50 to 60 per cent success from this training he said Similarly Gov Ben Ayade advised the beneficiaries to use the equipment they would be receiving to make their lives better while becoming entrepreneurs Represented by his deputy Prof Ivara Esu the governor appealed to the beneficiaries not to sell what they have been given but use them to their betterment and that of the state Use what you have been given well don t sell them they are for your good The state is giving you three years tax exemption access to funds different initiatives from the Federal Government and protection from multiple taxation he said www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    1,000 Cross River trainees receive laptops, starter packs from NCDMB
    Economy2 weeks ago

    1,000 Cross River trainees receive laptops, starter packs from NCDMB

    One thousand Cross River youths from the three senatorial districts on Monday received laptops and starter packs from  the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) after a training programme.

    The trainees are also expected to receive N120,000 as stipends, a shop each and registration of business names which were selected for the training in phone repairs, hardware, software and entrepreneurship development.

    During the graduation ceremony of the trainees in Calabar, Mr Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, NCDMB said in the era of the fourth industrial revolution, mobile technology had become an indispensable tool.

    He said that the telecommunication industry was one of the fastest growing in the nation and was contributing massively to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

    “According to data from Nigeria Communications Commission and Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria’s tele-density grew from 1.89 per cent in 2002 to 102.47 per cent in 2021.“Similarly, Nigeria’s total subscription to the network now stands at 195 million while the number of android phone users now stands at 56 million,” he noted.

    He appealed to the trainees to effectively use what they have learnt, adding that their involvement in the programme had the capacity to increase the GDP of the nation.

    On his part, Mr Legor Idagbo, Chairman, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Committee in the House of Representatives, noted that similar programmes had earlier been held in Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Jigawa and Yobe states.

    Idagbo, representing Bekwarra, Obudu and Obanliku Federal Constituency of Cross River, facilitated the initiative, saying the selection of the trainees was random and apolitical based on those that applied.

    While reeling out the benefits of the programme for the trainees, he  told them  that the ball was in their courts, adding that they would only succeed by practising what they had been taught.

    “It is the mindset that you have that will make you succeed; I want to challenge you to ensure that we see 50 to 60 per cent success from this training,” he said.

    Similarly, Gov. Ben Ayade advised the beneficiaries to use the equipment they would be receiving to make their lives better while becoming entrepreneurs.

    Represented by his deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, the governor appealed to the beneficiaries not to sell what they have been given but use them to their betterment and that of the state.

    “Use what you have been given well, don’t sell them, they are for your good.

    “The state is giving you three years tax exemption, access to funds, different initiatives from the Federal Government and protection from multiple taxation,” he said.

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  •  The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB has been adjudged the best among all Ministries Departments and Agencies in the country in the latest Executive Order EO1 performance ranking for Ease of Doing Business from January to June The report is compiled by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC under the office of the Vice President Federal Republic of Nigeria A statement posted on the board s website on Wednesday said NCDMB came tops with 81 48 per cent according to the report released officially on Tuesday in Abuja The statement said PEBEC was established in 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to address bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to executing business in Nigeria According to the statement the implication of this performance ranking shows that NCDMB has delivered service in a quality efficient and effective manner in the past six months to its diverse stakeholders It said over the years the board had moved from the 27th position in 2019 to being the most improved MDA in the country and the third position in 2020 and presently the first in the country Commenting on the report the Executive Secretary of NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote explained that the trend of the positions the board has been ranked shows the impressive level of work we have put into delivering quality service over the years With the right attitude training and support we have achieved the number one spot We would not rest on our oars and we will continue to give our utmost best and commitment to delivering quality service to our stakeholders and also explore areas of improvement Wabote thanked the NCDMB s employees for their efforts in accomplishing the target he had set in June 2021 when he signed the Board s SERVICOM Service charter He disclosed that the board signed Service Level Agreements SLAs with key stakeholders in the oil and gas sector to ensure promptness and effectiveness in the delivery of its statutory responsibilities Wabote said At some point we challenged the oil and gas industry that we have a 15 day rule that anything they send to us and they do not get a response within 15 days they should assume that it has been approved Nobody has been able to take us to task on it because we meet the SLA that we signed NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCDMB emerges best MDA in ease of doing business ranking
     The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB has been adjudged the best among all Ministries Departments and Agencies in the country in the latest Executive Order EO1 performance ranking for Ease of Doing Business from January to June The report is compiled by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC under the office of the Vice President Federal Republic of Nigeria A statement posted on the board s website on Wednesday said NCDMB came tops with 81 48 per cent according to the report released officially on Tuesday in Abuja The statement said PEBEC was established in 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to address bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to executing business in Nigeria According to the statement the implication of this performance ranking shows that NCDMB has delivered service in a quality efficient and effective manner in the past six months to its diverse stakeholders It said over the years the board had moved from the 27th position in 2019 to being the most improved MDA in the country and the third position in 2020 and presently the first in the country Commenting on the report the Executive Secretary of NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote explained that the trend of the positions the board has been ranked shows the impressive level of work we have put into delivering quality service over the years With the right attitude training and support we have achieved the number one spot We would not rest on our oars and we will continue to give our utmost best and commitment to delivering quality service to our stakeholders and also explore areas of improvement Wabote thanked the NCDMB s employees for their efforts in accomplishing the target he had set in June 2021 when he signed the Board s SERVICOM Service charter He disclosed that the board signed Service Level Agreements SLAs with key stakeholders in the oil and gas sector to ensure promptness and effectiveness in the delivery of its statutory responsibilities Wabote said At some point we challenged the oil and gas industry that we have a 15 day rule that anything they send to us and they do not get a response within 15 days they should assume that it has been approved Nobody has been able to take us to task on it because we meet the SLA that we signed NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCDMB emerges best MDA in ease of doing business ranking
    General news4 weeks ago

    NCDMB emerges best MDA in ease of doing business ranking

    The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has been adjudged the best among all Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the country in the latest Executive Order (EO1) performance ranking for Ease of Doing Business from January to June.The report is compiled by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), under the office of the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.A statement posted on the board’s website on Wednesday said NCDMB came tops with 81.48 per cent, according to the report, released officially on Tuesday in Abuja.The statement said PEBEC was established in 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to address bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to executing business in Nigeria.According to the statement, the implication of this performance ranking shows that NCDMB has delivered service in a quality, efficient and effective manner in the past six months to its diverse stakeholders.It said over the years, the board had moved from the 27th position in 2019 to being the most improved MDA in the country and the third position in 2020, and presently the first in the country.Commenting on the report, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote explained that the “trend of the positions the board has been ranked shows the impressive level of work we have put into delivering quality service over the years.“With the right attitude, training, and support, we have achieved the number one spot.“We would not rest on our oars and we will continue to give our utmost best and commitment to delivering quality service to our stakeholders and also explore areas of improvement.”Wabote thanked the NCDMB’s employees for their efforts in accomplishing the target he had set in June 2021 when he signed the Board’s SERVICOM Service charter.He disclosed that the board signed Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with key stakeholders in the oil and gas sector to ensure promptness and effectiveness in the delivery of its statutory responsibilities.Wabote said: “At some point, we challenged the oil and gas industry that we have a 15-day rule that anything they send to us and they do not get a response within 15 days, they should assume that it has been approved.“Nobody has been able to take us to task on it because we meet the SLA that we signed.”NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   USen Teslim Folarin the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC in Oyo State says the vocational centre at the premier university University of Ibadan UI will generate gainful employment for unemployed youths Folarin representing Oyo Central in the National Assembly said that the multi billion naira centre he facilitated for his Alma Mater was entrusted in care of UI for proper and sustainable operations He urged the institution management to make the facility open for the usage of all categories of the state citizens to be adequately equipped for gainful employment The facility located along Shasa Ajibode Road in Ibadan was inaugurated by Chief Sharafadeen Alli the Oyo South Senatorial District candidate of the party Folarin described the project as timely and a dream that come true in view of his passion to take youths out of the labour market Today is one of my happiest days I am so happy because l am fulfilled having successfully facilitated in practical terms the establishment of this multi billion naira hi tech skills acquisition centre This facility is intentionally and deliberately designed and constructed as a one stop platform to train multitudes of Oyo State citizens in different skills across oil and gas and other sectors of the Nigerian economy One of the burdens of leadership is to ensure that as a leader one focusses on projects and programmes that are impactful and touches on the day to day lives of the people Aside from insecurity which has become a major nightmare in Oyo State I am very passionate about ensuring that every citizen in Oyo State is gainfully employed and engaged in one occupation or the other I am excited about the number of Oyo State citizens that will be equipped and eventually get employed as a result of this huge facility I will also like to reiterate that my humble effort in this regard aligns with strong passion and commitment to a Rescue Mission toward a prosperous Oyo State My Rescue Mission has crystalised into action plans aimed at liberating Oyo State from the ongoing excruciating scourge of insecurity high level unemployment and dwindling fortunes in education and health With a sense of urgency the rescue mission shall reposition the state toward desirable growth and rapid progress in the areas of ICT Agriculture Governance Environment Urban Renewal People living with disabilities This project we are commissioning here today is within the context of my Rescue Mission This is just the aroma a tip of the iceberg of what to expect under my administration when l secure the mandate to govern Oyo State under my Rescue Mission I charge all citizens of Oyo State to join hands with me in the task of rescuing Oyo State and repositioning it for greater Oyo State I wish to thank specially the management and staff of NCDMB under the dynamic hardworking and resourceful leadership of the Executive Secretary of NCDMB Simbi Wabote Sen Teslim Folarin left the Executive Secretary Nigerian Local Content Mr Simbi Wabote and the Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan Prof Kayode Adebowale at the inauguration of Vocational Centre facilitated by Folarin for University of Ibadan The passion of Wabote for performance and development is unparalleled His trademark is quality and service delivery This has led to timely completion of this project I congratulate the University of Ibadan my Alma Mater the Vice Chancellor and principal officers of the university Inaugurating the project Alli described Folarin as an experienced politician who would change the political landscape of the state for the better when he becomes the Governor He admonished the university community to make good use of the facility for the people of the state to feel its greater impact in a way that thousands of jobless youths would become better citizens after training in the facility NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UI Vocational Centre ‘ll train youths, generate employment- Folarin
      USen Teslim Folarin the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC in Oyo State says the vocational centre at the premier university University of Ibadan UI will generate gainful employment for unemployed youths Folarin representing Oyo Central in the National Assembly said that the multi billion naira centre he facilitated for his Alma Mater was entrusted in care of UI for proper and sustainable operations He urged the institution management to make the facility open for the usage of all categories of the state citizens to be adequately equipped for gainful employment The facility located along Shasa Ajibode Road in Ibadan was inaugurated by Chief Sharafadeen Alli the Oyo South Senatorial District candidate of the party Folarin described the project as timely and a dream that come true in view of his passion to take youths out of the labour market Today is one of my happiest days I am so happy because l am fulfilled having successfully facilitated in practical terms the establishment of this multi billion naira hi tech skills acquisition centre This facility is intentionally and deliberately designed and constructed as a one stop platform to train multitudes of Oyo State citizens in different skills across oil and gas and other sectors of the Nigerian economy One of the burdens of leadership is to ensure that as a leader one focusses on projects and programmes that are impactful and touches on the day to day lives of the people Aside from insecurity which has become a major nightmare in Oyo State I am very passionate about ensuring that every citizen in Oyo State is gainfully employed and engaged in one occupation or the other I am excited about the number of Oyo State citizens that will be equipped and eventually get employed as a result of this huge facility I will also like to reiterate that my humble effort in this regard aligns with strong passion and commitment to a Rescue Mission toward a prosperous Oyo State My Rescue Mission has crystalised into action plans aimed at liberating Oyo State from the ongoing excruciating scourge of insecurity high level unemployment and dwindling fortunes in education and health With a sense of urgency the rescue mission shall reposition the state toward desirable growth and rapid progress in the areas of ICT Agriculture Governance Environment Urban Renewal People living with disabilities This project we are commissioning here today is within the context of my Rescue Mission This is just the aroma a tip of the iceberg of what to expect under my administration when l secure the mandate to govern Oyo State under my Rescue Mission I charge all citizens of Oyo State to join hands with me in the task of rescuing Oyo State and repositioning it for greater Oyo State I wish to thank specially the management and staff of NCDMB under the dynamic hardworking and resourceful leadership of the Executive Secretary of NCDMB Simbi Wabote Sen Teslim Folarin left the Executive Secretary Nigerian Local Content Mr Simbi Wabote and the Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan Prof Kayode Adebowale at the inauguration of Vocational Centre facilitated by Folarin for University of Ibadan The passion of Wabote for performance and development is unparalleled His trademark is quality and service delivery This has led to timely completion of this project I congratulate the University of Ibadan my Alma Mater the Vice Chancellor and principal officers of the university Inaugurating the project Alli described Folarin as an experienced politician who would change the political landscape of the state for the better when he becomes the Governor He admonished the university community to make good use of the facility for the people of the state to feel its greater impact in a way that thousands of jobless youths would become better citizens after training in the facility NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UI Vocational Centre ‘ll train youths, generate employment- Folarin
    Education1 month ago

    UI Vocational Centre ‘ll train youths, generate employment- Folarin

    USen. Teslim Folarin, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, says the vocational centre at the premier university, University of Ibadan (UI), will generate gainful employment for unemployed youths.

    Folarin, representing Oyo Central in the National Assembly, said that the multi-billion naira centre, he facilitated for his Alma Mater, was entrusted in care of UI for proper and sustainable operations.

    He urged the institution management to make the facility open for the usage of all categories of the state citizens to be adequately equipped for gainful employment.

    The facility located along Shasa, Ajibode Road in Ibadan, was inaugurated by Chief Sharafadeen Alli, the Oyo South Senatorial District candidate of the party.

    Folarin described the project as timely and a dream that come true in view of his passion to take youths out of the labour market.

    “Today is one of my happiest days.

    I am so happy, because l am fulfilled, having successfully facilitated, in practical terms, the establishment of this multi-billion naira hi-tech skills acquisition centre.

    “This facility is intentionally and deliberately designed and constructed as a one-stop platform to train multitudes of Oyo State citizens in different skills across oil and gas and other sectors of the Nigerian economy.

    “One of the burdens of leadership is to ensure that as a leader, one focusses on projects and programmes that are impactful and touches on the day-to-day lives of the people.

    “Aside from insecurity, which has become a major nightmare in Oyo State, I am very passionate about ensuring that every citizen in Oyo State is gainfully employed and engaged in one occupation or the other.

    “I am excited about the number of Oyo State citizens that will be equipped and eventually get employed as a result of this huge facility.

    “I will also like to reiterate that my humble effort in this regard aligns with strong passion and commitment to a ‘Rescue Mission’ toward a prosperous Oyo State.

    “My Rescue Mission has crystalised into action plans aimed at liberating Oyo State from the ongoing excruciating scourge of insecurity, high-level unemployment and dwindling fortunes in education and health.

    “With a sense of urgency, the rescue mission shall reposition the state toward desirable growth and rapid progress in the areas of ICT, Agriculture, Governance, Environment, Urban Renewal, People living with disabilities.

    “This project we are commissioning here today is within the context of my Rescue Mission.

    “This is just the aroma, a tip of the iceberg of what to expect under my administration when l secure the mandate to govern Oyo State under my Rescue Mission.

    “I charge all citizens of Oyo State to join hands with me in the task of rescuing Oyo State and repositioning it for greater Oyo State.

    “I wish to thank specially the management and staff of NCDMB under the dynamic, hardworking and resourceful leadership of the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Simbi Wabote.

    Sen. Teslim Folarin (left), the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Local Content, Mr Simbi Wabote and the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Kayode Adebowale at the inauguration of Vocational Centre facilitated by Folarin for University of Ibadan. 

    “The passion of Wabote for performance and development is unparalleled.

    His trademark is quality and service delivery.

    “This has led to timely completion of this project.

    I congratulate the University of Ibadan, my Alma Mater, the Vice-Chancellor and principal officers of the university.

    Inaugurating the project, Alli described Folarin as an experienced politician who would change the political landscape of the state for the better when he becomes the Governor.

    He admonished the university community to make good use of the facility for the people of the state to feel its greater impact in a way that thousands of jobless youths would become better citizens after training in the facility.


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  •  The absence of Mr Simbi Wabote Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB in a Federal High Court on Monday stalled the trial of Bara Ogidi a Bayelsa based blogger charged with cyberstalking The Department of State Security DSS charged Ogidi with false report targeted at Wabote Wabote listed as a star witness to the DSS was slated to give evidence in the ongoing trial before Justice Isa Dashen but was unavoidably absent The matter was adjourned until Nov 1 In the charge the DSS alleged that Ogidi accused Wabote of offering him N10 million to lure him to testify in his favour in a defamation suit filed by the NCDMB Executive Secretary against Mr Jackson Ude The DSS said the publication caused annoyance enmity hatred and ill will towards Wabote The state department said the offence of cyberstalking is contrary to and punishable under Section 24 1 b of the Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention etc Act 2015 The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and was admitted to bail in sum of N5million with one surety in like sum NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged cyberstalking: Absence of key witness stalls trial of Bayelsa blogger
     The absence of Mr Simbi Wabote Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB in a Federal High Court on Monday stalled the trial of Bara Ogidi a Bayelsa based blogger charged with cyberstalking The Department of State Security DSS charged Ogidi with false report targeted at Wabote Wabote listed as a star witness to the DSS was slated to give evidence in the ongoing trial before Justice Isa Dashen but was unavoidably absent The matter was adjourned until Nov 1 In the charge the DSS alleged that Ogidi accused Wabote of offering him N10 million to lure him to testify in his favour in a defamation suit filed by the NCDMB Executive Secretary against Mr Jackson Ude The DSS said the publication caused annoyance enmity hatred and ill will towards Wabote The state department said the offence of cyberstalking is contrary to and punishable under Section 24 1 b of the Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention etc Act 2015 The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and was admitted to bail in sum of N5million with one surety in like sum NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged cyberstalking: Absence of key witness stalls trial of Bayelsa blogger
    General news2 months ago

    Alleged cyberstalking: Absence of key witness stalls trial of Bayelsa blogger

    The absence of Mr Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB,  in a Federal High Court on Monday stalled the trial of Bara Ogidi, a Bayelsa-based blogger charged with cyberstalking.

    The Department of State Security (DSS) charged Ogidi with false report targeted at Wabote.

    Wabote, listed as a star witness to the DSS, was slated to give evidence in the ongoing trial before Justice Isa Dashen but was unavoidably absent .

    The matter was adjourned until Nov. 1.

    In the charge, the DSS alleged that  Ogidi  accused Wabote of offering him N10 million to lure him to testify in his favour in a defamation suit filed by the NCDMB Executive Secretary against Mr Jackson Ude. The DSS said the publication caused annoyance, enmity, hatred and ill will towards  Wabote.

    The state department said the offence of cyberstalking is  contrary to and punishable under Section 24(1)b of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015.

    The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and was admitted to bail in sum of N5million with one surety in like sum. 

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian petroleum industry on Wednesday in Abuja held a night of tributes for the departed Dr Mohammed Barkindo the Secretary General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barkindo passed on in Abuja on Tuesday at the age of 63 He was buried on Wednesday in Yola Adamawa State in accordance with Islamic rites Speaking at the ceremony which coincided with the 2022 Nigeria Oil and Gas NOG Award Mr Mele Kyari the Group Managing Director Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd said Barkindo s demise was a shock to the industry Represented by Mr Adetunji Adeyemi the Group Executive Director Downstream NNPC Kyari prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss Mr Mike Sangster the Managing Director TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Ltd said the loss was for the family the country Nigeria the oil and gas industry and the world at large Sangster who was represented by Mr Charles Ebereonwu the Country Communications Manager TotalEnergies Nigeria described Barkindo as a humble and hardworking man who made enormous contributions to the oil and gas industry All we can do is to pray for the family for the fortitude to bear the loss and the Almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest he said Also Mr Rick Kennedy the Chairman Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS described Barkindo as a true giant of the industry Kennedy said the contributions of the departed global energy leader could not be overemphasised adding that his death was a huge loss to the sector On his part Mr Osagie Okunbor the Country Chair Shell Companies in Nigeria said Barkindo was an iconic figure in the oil and gas industry whose death came as a very rude shock to stakeholders Okunbor said OPEC was able to overcome multiple crisis due to his outstanding leadership adding that he made Nigeria and Nigerians proud on the global stage In his tribute Mr Simbi Wabote the Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board said Barkindo was a role model and someone worthy to be admired He was the icon of our time His death is a great loss to Nigeria God knows best When our time is up there is nothing we can do He has played his part and we can only continue from where he stopped Wabote said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerian petroleum industry holds night of tributes for Barkindo
     The Nigerian petroleum industry on Wednesday in Abuja held a night of tributes for the departed Dr Mohammed Barkindo the Secretary General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barkindo passed on in Abuja on Tuesday at the age of 63 He was buried on Wednesday in Yola Adamawa State in accordance with Islamic rites Speaking at the ceremony which coincided with the 2022 Nigeria Oil and Gas NOG Award Mr Mele Kyari the Group Managing Director Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd said Barkindo s demise was a shock to the industry Represented by Mr Adetunji Adeyemi the Group Executive Director Downstream NNPC Kyari prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss Mr Mike Sangster the Managing Director TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Ltd said the loss was for the family the country Nigeria the oil and gas industry and the world at large Sangster who was represented by Mr Charles Ebereonwu the Country Communications Manager TotalEnergies Nigeria described Barkindo as a humble and hardworking man who made enormous contributions to the oil and gas industry All we can do is to pray for the family for the fortitude to bear the loss and the Almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest he said Also Mr Rick Kennedy the Chairman Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS described Barkindo as a true giant of the industry Kennedy said the contributions of the departed global energy leader could not be overemphasised adding that his death was a huge loss to the sector On his part Mr Osagie Okunbor the Country Chair Shell Companies in Nigeria said Barkindo was an iconic figure in the oil and gas industry whose death came as a very rude shock to stakeholders Okunbor said OPEC was able to overcome multiple crisis due to his outstanding leadership adding that he made Nigeria and Nigerians proud on the global stage In his tribute Mr Simbi Wabote the Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board said Barkindo was a role model and someone worthy to be admired He was the icon of our time His death is a great loss to Nigeria God knows best When our time is up there is nothing we can do He has played his part and we can only continue from where he stopped Wabote said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerian petroleum industry holds night of tributes for Barkindo
    General news3 months ago

    Nigerian petroleum industry holds night of tributes for Barkindo

    The Nigerian petroleum industry on Wednesday in Abuja held a night of tributes for the departed Dr Mohammed Barkindo, the Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barkindo passed on in Abuja on Tuesday at the age of 63.

    He was buried on Wednesday in Yola, Adamawa State, in accordance with Islamic rites.

    Speaking at the ceremony which coincided with the 2022 Nigeria Oil and Gas (NOG) Award, Mr Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd., said Barkindo’s demise was a shock to the industry.

    Represented by Mr Adetunji Adeyemi, the Group Executive Director, Downstream, NNPC, Kyari prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

    Mr Mike Sangster, the Managing Director, TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Ltd., said the loss was for the family, the country Nigeria, the oil and gas industry and the world at large.

    Sangster who was represented by Mr Charles Ebereonwu, the Country Communications Manager, TotalEnergies Nigeria, described Barkindo as a humble and hardworking man who made enormous contributions to the oil and gas industry.

    “All we can do is to pray for the family for the fortitude to bear the loss and the Almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest,” he said.

    Also, Mr Rick Kennedy, the Chairman, Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS), described Barkindo as a true giant of the industry.

    Kennedy said the contributions of the departed global energy leader could not be overemphasised, adding that his death was a huge loss to the sector.

    On his part, Mr Osagie Okunbor, the Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, said Barkindo was an iconic figure in the oil and gas industry whose death came as a very rude shock to stakeholders.

    Okunbor said OPEC was able to overcome multiple crisis due to his outstanding leadership, adding that he made Nigeria and Nigerians proud on the global stage.

    In his tribute, Mr Simbi Wabote, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, said Barkindo was a role model and someone worthy to be admired.

    “He was the icon of our time. His death is a great loss to Nigeria. God knows best. When our time is up, there is nothing we can do.

    “He has played his part and we can only continue from where he stopped,” Wabote said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mr Simbi Wabote Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB on Sunday urged oil workers to embrace the game of golf to stay fit and healthy Wabote who spoke to newsmen on the sidelines of the ongoing 2nd Nigerian Oil and Gas NOG Invitational sponsored by the NCDMB observed that the oil workers needed to embrace the game of golf Oil workers put in a lot and work very hard and therefore need to play golf to stay fit and healthy Although many oil workers play golf there is need for more of them to take up golf even though it is the most popular game amongst them In an effort to encourage the game the NCDMB is sponsoring this tournament to tune up people for the 21st NOG Conference which kicks off on Monday which is the Nigerian Content Day Wabote said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kim Young Chaet Ambassador of South Korea and Wabote were among dignitaries that played at the golf championship at the IBB International Golf course in Abuja At the end of the tournament Mr Okey Igwe emerged winner of the 2022 NCDMB NOG Golf Tournament while Mr Loll Manilo picked the trophy for runners up For the lady s category Mrs Lamin Ahmen the Lady Captain of the IBB Golf club won the overall best trophy while Mrs Ann Abinuku got the runners up category On the standard of play at the championship Young Chaet said that he was impressed by the quality of players and the organisational dexterity exhibited by the IBB International Gulf Club He noted that the game played a significant role in building bond of friendship amongst the people and players in the oil industry The game of golf is good in unifying the people there are a lot of companies from South Korea operating in the oil and gas industry and many of them are good at the game of golf I have been here for about six months and playing golf here at IBB course It has shown that the standard is high I played through in all the 18 holes and it is very great experience the envoy said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCDMB boss urges oil workers to play golf for physical fitness
     Mr Simbi Wabote Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB on Sunday urged oil workers to embrace the game of golf to stay fit and healthy Wabote who spoke to newsmen on the sidelines of the ongoing 2nd Nigerian Oil and Gas NOG Invitational sponsored by the NCDMB observed that the oil workers needed to embrace the game of golf Oil workers put in a lot and work very hard and therefore need to play golf to stay fit and healthy Although many oil workers play golf there is need for more of them to take up golf even though it is the most popular game amongst them In an effort to encourage the game the NCDMB is sponsoring this tournament to tune up people for the 21st NOG Conference which kicks off on Monday which is the Nigerian Content Day Wabote said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kim Young Chaet Ambassador of South Korea and Wabote were among dignitaries that played at the golf championship at the IBB International Golf course in Abuja At the end of the tournament Mr Okey Igwe emerged winner of the 2022 NCDMB NOG Golf Tournament while Mr Loll Manilo picked the trophy for runners up For the lady s category Mrs Lamin Ahmen the Lady Captain of the IBB Golf club won the overall best trophy while Mrs Ann Abinuku got the runners up category On the standard of play at the championship Young Chaet said that he was impressed by the quality of players and the organisational dexterity exhibited by the IBB International Gulf Club He noted that the game played a significant role in building bond of friendship amongst the people and players in the oil industry The game of golf is good in unifying the people there are a lot of companies from South Korea operating in the oil and gas industry and many of them are good at the game of golf I have been here for about six months and playing golf here at IBB course It has shown that the standard is high I played through in all the 18 holes and it is very great experience the envoy said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCDMB boss urges oil workers to play golf for physical fitness
    General news3 months ago

    NCDMB boss urges oil workers to play golf for physical fitness

    Mr Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), on Sunday urged oil workers to embrace the game of golf to stay fit and healthy.

    Wabote, who spoke to newsmen on the sidelines of the ongoing 2nd Nigerian Oil and Gas (NOG) Invitational sponsored by the NCDMB, observed that the oil workers needed to embrace the game of golf.

    “Oil workers put in a lot and work very hard and therefore, need to play golf to stay fit and healthy.

    Although many oil workers play golf, there is need for more of them to take up golf even though it is the most popular game amongst them.

    “In an effort to encourage the game, the NCDMB is sponsoring this tournament to tune up people for the 21st NOG Conference which kicks off on Monday which is the Nigerian Content Day,” Wabote said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kim Young-Chaet, Ambassador of South Korea and Wabote were among dignitaries that played at the golf championship at the IBB International Golf course in Abuja.

    At the end of the tournament, Mr Okey Igwe, emerged winner of the 2022 NCDMB NOG Golf Tournament, while Mr Loll Manilo picked the trophy for runners up.

    For the lady’s category, Mrs Lamin Ahmen, the Lady Captain of the IBB Golf club, won the overall best trophy while Mrs Ann Abinuku got the runners up category.

    On the standard of play at the championship, Young-Chaet said that he was impressed by the quality of players and the organisational dexterity exhibited by the IBB International Gulf Club.

    He noted that the game played a significant role in building bond of friendship amongst the people and players in the oil industry.

    “The game of golf is good in unifying the people, there are a lot of companies from South Korea operating in the oil and gas industry, and many of them are good at the game of golf.

    ” I have been here for about six months and playing golf here at IBB course. It has shown that the standard is high; I played through in all the 18 holes and it is very great experience,” the envoy said. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Women inclusion key to unlocking potential of oil and gas industry An analysis by Solomon Asowata News Agency of Nigeria The oil and gas industry is the mainstay of Nigeria s economy providing thousands of direct and indirect jobs and contributing substantially to the nation s foreign reserves It is a known fact that oil alone accounts for 40 per cent of the country s Gross Domestic Product GDP 70 per cent of budget revenues and 95 per cent of foreign exchange earnings Despite the invaluable contribution of the sector to the economy experts believe that it still has huge potential and that there is need for deliberate inclusion of women in the sector to unlock the potential However the industry remains male dominated at all levels from leadership roles in major corporations to jobs in mines and on oil rigs According to a recent study by the Global Energy Talent Index whereas women make up 48 per cent of the global labour force they only account for 22 per cent of the labour force in the oil and gas sector The study said women occupied about 50 per cent of non technical positions at entry level compared to only 15 per cent of technical and field role positions This implies that the gender diversity and inclusion decreases with seniority with only a tiny proportion of women in executive positions The percentage of women in the industry drops from 36 per cent to 24 per cent between the middle and executive levels the study added In Nigeria women have been pushing for more inclusion in the energy space and are beginning to make progress despite the socio economic political and cultural challenges For instance Mrs Elohor Aiboni was in March 2021 appointed as the first female Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd SNEPCO Similarly President Muhammadu Buhari in January 2022 appointed Sen Margery Chuba Okadigbo as the pioneer Board Chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Ltd Chief Timipre Sylva Minister of State for Petroleum Resources said the Federal Government had been deliberate in introducing gender friendly policies that would promote women inclusion in the oil and gas industry Sylva who spoke at a recent Nigerian Women in Oil and Gas Conference in Lagos said this included increasing access to funding award of contracts and support for research and development in the interest of women operators in the Nigerian oil and gas industry The minister harped on the need to get more girls into Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM which was a pathway to careers in the oil and gas industry He also advised women in the Nigerian oil and gas industry to work together towards increasing participation of women in the industry by engendering growth building capacities and capabilities identifying opportunities mentoring and coaching Also Mr Simbi Wabote Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB recently announced that the board would soon begin the disbursement of the 40 million dollar Women in Energy Fund to support women in the sector Wabote said the fund was set up by the NCDMB in partnership with the Nigerian Export Import Bank NEXIM Bank adding that 15 applications had been received and three had been approved for disbursement He also canvassed the inclusion of women in the administration of the various Trusts and Funds that were established by the Petroleum Industry Act PIA 2021 notably the Host Community Development Trust Host Community Development Trust Fund and Environmental Remediation Fund The NCDMB boss further confirmed that the Oil and Gas Industrial Parks in Bayelsa and Cross River were getting ready for completion and would commence operations in 2023 He noted that the board had started inviting applicants for allocation of plots to set up manufacturing outfits in the park and encouraged women owned businesses with workable proposals to apply Wabote promised that women would be given special consideration as part of the board s commitment to mainstream them into the oil and gas industry On her part Chuba Okadigbo has challenged the NCDMB to institute a development programme like the Project 100 for oil and gas firms owned by women She said the implementation of the PIA provided a good opportunity to mainstream more women in oil and gas activities and also recommended formal mentorship and role modelling for younger women While the recent appointments of Chuba Okadigbo and Aiboni are quite significant experts believe that there is a lot that still need to be done for inclusion of more women in the oil and gas industry Mrs Funmi Ogbue President Women in Energy Network insists that government at all levels should promote women leadership in the energy sector by appointing more women to head agencies and institutions at sectional regional and international levels Ogbue said this would help bridge the gap in the sector while also giving more women opportunities to contribute their quota to national development Also Mrs Anita Ogboile Chief Executive Officer Deep Blue Energy said there was need to create awareness of STEM and its importance to younger females especially those in secondary schools Ogboile said demystifying the myth that women would not succeed in the industry was very key and would help encourage others to go into the sector Indeed the exploits of women in the oil and gas sector holds brighter prospects for the sector and invariably the economy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Women inclusion, key to unlocking potential of oil and gas industry
      Women inclusion key to unlocking potential of oil and gas industry An analysis by Solomon Asowata News Agency of Nigeria The oil and gas industry is the mainstay of Nigeria s economy providing thousands of direct and indirect jobs and contributing substantially to the nation s foreign reserves It is a known fact that oil alone accounts for 40 per cent of the country s Gross Domestic Product GDP 70 per cent of budget revenues and 95 per cent of foreign exchange earnings Despite the invaluable contribution of the sector to the economy experts believe that it still has huge potential and that there is need for deliberate inclusion of women in the sector to unlock the potential However the industry remains male dominated at all levels from leadership roles in major corporations to jobs in mines and on oil rigs According to a recent study by the Global Energy Talent Index whereas women make up 48 per cent of the global labour force they only account for 22 per cent of the labour force in the oil and gas sector The study said women occupied about 50 per cent of non technical positions at entry level compared to only 15 per cent of technical and field role positions This implies that the gender diversity and inclusion decreases with seniority with only a tiny proportion of women in executive positions The percentage of women in the industry drops from 36 per cent to 24 per cent between the middle and executive levels the study added In Nigeria women have been pushing for more inclusion in the energy space and are beginning to make progress despite the socio economic political and cultural challenges For instance Mrs Elohor Aiboni was in March 2021 appointed as the first female Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd SNEPCO Similarly President Muhammadu Buhari in January 2022 appointed Sen Margery Chuba Okadigbo as the pioneer Board Chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Ltd Chief Timipre Sylva Minister of State for Petroleum Resources said the Federal Government had been deliberate in introducing gender friendly policies that would promote women inclusion in the oil and gas industry Sylva who spoke at a recent Nigerian Women in Oil and Gas Conference in Lagos said this included increasing access to funding award of contracts and support for research and development in the interest of women operators in the Nigerian oil and gas industry The minister harped on the need to get more girls into Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM which was a pathway to careers in the oil and gas industry He also advised women in the Nigerian oil and gas industry to work together towards increasing participation of women in the industry by engendering growth building capacities and capabilities identifying opportunities mentoring and coaching Also Mr Simbi Wabote Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB recently announced that the board would soon begin the disbursement of the 40 million dollar Women in Energy Fund to support women in the sector Wabote said the fund was set up by the NCDMB in partnership with the Nigerian Export Import Bank NEXIM Bank adding that 15 applications had been received and three had been approved for disbursement He also canvassed the inclusion of women in the administration of the various Trusts and Funds that were established by the Petroleum Industry Act PIA 2021 notably the Host Community Development Trust Host Community Development Trust Fund and Environmental Remediation Fund The NCDMB boss further confirmed that the Oil and Gas Industrial Parks in Bayelsa and Cross River were getting ready for completion and would commence operations in 2023 He noted that the board had started inviting applicants for allocation of plots to set up manufacturing outfits in the park and encouraged women owned businesses with workable proposals to apply Wabote promised that women would be given special consideration as part of the board s commitment to mainstream them into the oil and gas industry On her part Chuba Okadigbo has challenged the NCDMB to institute a development programme like the Project 100 for oil and gas firms owned by women She said the implementation of the PIA provided a good opportunity to mainstream more women in oil and gas activities and also recommended formal mentorship and role modelling for younger women While the recent appointments of Chuba Okadigbo and Aiboni are quite significant experts believe that there is a lot that still need to be done for inclusion of more women in the oil and gas industry Mrs Funmi Ogbue President Women in Energy Network insists that government at all levels should promote women leadership in the energy sector by appointing more women to head agencies and institutions at sectional regional and international levels Ogbue said this would help bridge the gap in the sector while also giving more women opportunities to contribute their quota to national development Also Mrs Anita Ogboile Chief Executive Officer Deep Blue Energy said there was need to create awareness of STEM and its importance to younger females especially those in secondary schools Ogboile said demystifying the myth that women would not succeed in the industry was very key and would help encourage others to go into the sector Indeed the exploits of women in the oil and gas sector holds brighter prospects for the sector and invariably the economy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Women inclusion, key to unlocking potential of oil and gas industry
    Features3 months ago

    Women inclusion, key to unlocking potential of oil and gas industry

    Women inclusion, key to unlocking potential of oil and gas industry

    An analysis by Solomon Asowata, News Agency of Nigeria

    The oil and gas industry is the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy, providing thousands of direct and indirect jobs and contributing substantially to the nation’s foreign reserves.

    It is a known fact that oil alone accounts for 40 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 70 per cent of budget revenues and 95 per cent of foreign exchange earnings.

    Despite the invaluable contribution of the sector to the economy, experts believe that it still has huge potential, and that there is need for deliberate inclusion of women in the sector to unlock the potential.

    However, the industry remains male-dominated at all levels; from leadership roles in major corporations to jobs in mines and on oil rigs.

    According to a recent study by the Global Energy Talent Index, whereas women make up 48 per cent of the global labour force, they only account for 22 per cent of the labour force in the oil and gas sector.

    The study said women occupied about 50 per cent of non-technical positions at entry-level compared to only 15 per cent of technical and field role positions.

    “This implies that the gender diversity and inclusion decreases with seniority, with only a tiny proportion of women in executive positions. 

    “The percentage of women in the industry drops from 36 per cent to 24 per cent between the middle and executive levels,” the study added.

    In Nigeria, women have been pushing for more inclusion in the energy space and are beginning to make progress despite the socio-economic, political and cultural challenges.

    For instance, Mrs Elohor Aiboni, was in March 2021 appointed as the first female Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd. (SNEPCO).

    Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari, in January 2022 appointed Sen. Margery Chuba-Okadigbo as the pioneer Board Chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd.

    Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, said the Federal Government had been deliberate in introducing gender-friendly policies that would promote women inclusion in the oil and gas industry.

    Sylva, who spoke at a recent Nigerian Women in Oil and Gas Conference in Lagos, said this included increasing access to funding, award of contracts and support for research and development in the interest of women operators in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

    The minister harped on the need to get more girls into Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), which was a pathway to careers in the oil and gas industry.

    He also advised women in the Nigerian oil and gas industry to work together towards increasing participation of women in the industry by engendering growth, building capacities and capabilities, identifying opportunities, mentoring and coaching.

    Also, Mr Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), recently announced that the board would soon begin the disbursement of the 40 million dollar Women in Energy Fund to support women in the sector.

    Wabote said the fund was set up by the NCDMB in partnership with the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM Bank), adding that 15 applications had been received and three had been approved for disbursement.

    He also canvassed the inclusion of women in the administration of the various Trusts and Funds that were established by the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021, notably the Host Community Development Trust, Host Community Development Trust Fund and Environmental Remediation Fund.

    The NCDMB boss further confirmed that the Oil and Gas Industrial Parks in Bayelsa and Cross River were getting ready for completion and would commence operations in 2023.

    He noted that the board had started inviting applicants for allocation of plots to set up manufacturing outfits in the park and encouraged women-owned businesses with workable proposals to apply.

    Wabote promised that women would be given special consideration as part of the board’s commitment to mainstream them into the oil and gas industry.

    On her part, Chuba-Okadigbo has challenged the NCDMB to institute a development programme like the Project 100 for oil and gas firms owned by women.

    She said the implementation of the PIA provided a good opportunity to mainstream more women in oil and gas activities and also recommended formal mentorship and role modelling for younger women.

    While the recent appointments of Chuba-Okadigbo and Aiboni are quite significant, experts believe that there is a lot that still need to be done for inclusion of more women in the oil and gas industry.

    Mrs Funmi Ogbue, President, Women in Energy Network, insists that government at all levels should promote women leadership in the energy sector by appointing more women to head agencies and institutions at sectional, regional and international levels. 

    Ogbue said this would help bridge the gap in the sector, while also giving more women opportunities to contribute their quota to national development.

    Also, Mrs Anita Ogboile, Chief Executive Officer, Deep Blue Energy, said there was need to create awareness of STEM and its importance to younger females, especially those in secondary schools.

    Ogboile said demystifying the myth that women would not succeed in the industry was very key and would help encourage others to go into the sector.

    Indeed, the exploits of women in the oil and gas sector holds brighter prospects for the sector, and invariably the economy.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB on Tuesday sought the support of security agencies in its bid to enforce the Nigerian Content Act in the oil and gas industry Executive Secretary NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote made the appeal at a Nigerian Content Sensitisation programme for law enforcement agencies at the NCDMB Towers Yenagoa The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme has the theme Deploying Multi Institutional approach to Nigerian Content Enforcement in the Oil and Gas industry The event was attended by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC The Nigeria Customs Service Nigeria Immigration Service the Department of State Services DSS the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC among others According to Wabote the board is already working with immigration service on expatriate quota system He explained that it was pertinent for all security agencies to understand their roles in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act NOGICD to foster collaboration and effective implemetation He said that building collaboration with institutions was one of the mandates of the Board adding that the EFCC ICPC and others had statutory roles in enforcement of the NOGICD Act He said I think the two most important significant one is to enlighten stakeholders on what we do How we do it and the results we have been able to achieve The second is giving the participants the law enforcement agent As you can see it is also to highlight to them the roles to play that they are required to play because intervention is needed In order to help us prepare the provision of the Act we have Customs EFCC ICPC DSS These are all law agents that all have roles to play as we implement the Act so those are the significance of the workshop For example EFCC law provides for people complying with laws and laws are laws and if there is a breach you need the authority to help you go after these people so that is part of the law that most of them maybe DSS ICPC as the case maybe Expatriate quota we don t give quotas but we endorse in accordance with the law we approve requests from the oil and gas industry People like immigration we work with them to ensure that the expatriates that we give approval to are those that are needed and we go through the biometric process to ensure that we monitor those that were approved Custom to this role again there are certain items that are banned from the oil and gas industry that we cannot import So we work hand in hand to ensure that if those items are brought into the country they are impounded to ensure the implementation of the Act and we need to collaborate with them to be successful with what we do he said The Head of NCDMB Legal Services Mr Naboth Onyesoh said the Essence of the workshop is to assure and ensure that they are able to bring in relevant stakeholders to support in local content implementation and enforcement He said the idea was that local content was like a big load which no single entity can carry He said local content was a national economic agenda geared towards employment creating industrialisation ensuring capital retention in the country and so many activities revolving around the oil and gas industry He said We know oil and gas remains the mainstay of our economy so it is important that other agencies that are connected with economic activities understand what the mandates of the board are and where they can support to ensure compliance with relevant requirements With the oil and gas industry that is the very essence of bringing in the relevant law enforcement agencies so that they will be able to partner with the board and collaborate to achieve collective impact in local content in the oil and gas industry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCDMB seeks collaboration of security agencies to enforce Nigerian Content Law
     The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB on Tuesday sought the support of security agencies in its bid to enforce the Nigerian Content Act in the oil and gas industry Executive Secretary NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote made the appeal at a Nigerian Content Sensitisation programme for law enforcement agencies at the NCDMB Towers Yenagoa The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme has the theme Deploying Multi Institutional approach to Nigerian Content Enforcement in the Oil and Gas industry The event was attended by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC The Nigeria Customs Service Nigeria Immigration Service the Department of State Services DSS the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC among others According to Wabote the board is already working with immigration service on expatriate quota system He explained that it was pertinent for all security agencies to understand their roles in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act NOGICD to foster collaboration and effective implemetation He said that building collaboration with institutions was one of the mandates of the Board adding that the EFCC ICPC and others had statutory roles in enforcement of the NOGICD Act He said I think the two most important significant one is to enlighten stakeholders on what we do How we do it and the results we have been able to achieve The second is giving the participants the law enforcement agent As you can see it is also to highlight to them the roles to play that they are required to play because intervention is needed In order to help us prepare the provision of the Act we have Customs EFCC ICPC DSS These are all law agents that all have roles to play as we implement the Act so those are the significance of the workshop For example EFCC law provides for people complying with laws and laws are laws and if there is a breach you need the authority to help you go after these people so that is part of the law that most of them maybe DSS ICPC as the case maybe Expatriate quota we don t give quotas but we endorse in accordance with the law we approve requests from the oil and gas industry People like immigration we work with them to ensure that the expatriates that we give approval to are those that are needed and we go through the biometric process to ensure that we monitor those that were approved Custom to this role again there are certain items that are banned from the oil and gas industry that we cannot import So we work hand in hand to ensure that if those items are brought into the country they are impounded to ensure the implementation of the Act and we need to collaborate with them to be successful with what we do he said The Head of NCDMB Legal Services Mr Naboth Onyesoh said the Essence of the workshop is to assure and ensure that they are able to bring in relevant stakeholders to support in local content implementation and enforcement He said the idea was that local content was like a big load which no single entity can carry He said local content was a national economic agenda geared towards employment creating industrialisation ensuring capital retention in the country and so many activities revolving around the oil and gas industry He said We know oil and gas remains the mainstay of our economy so it is important that other agencies that are connected with economic activities understand what the mandates of the board are and where they can support to ensure compliance with relevant requirements With the oil and gas industry that is the very essence of bringing in the relevant law enforcement agencies so that they will be able to partner with the board and collaborate to achieve collective impact in local content in the oil and gas industry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCDMB seeks collaboration of security agencies to enforce Nigerian Content Law
    General news3 months ago

    NCDMB seeks collaboration of security agencies to enforce Nigerian Content Law

    The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on Tuesday sought the support of security agencies in its bid to enforce the Nigerian Content Act in the oil and gas industry.

    Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote, made the appeal at a Nigerian Content Sensitisation programme for law enforcement agencies at the NCDMB Towers, Yenagoa.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme has the theme “Deploying Multi-Institutional approach to Nigerian Content Enforcement in the Oil and Gas industry.

    The event was attended by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC).

    The Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, the Department of State Services, DSS, the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe, the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, among others.

    According to Wabote, the board is already working with immigration service on expatriate quota system.

    He explained that it was pertinent for all security agencies to understand their roles in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act (NOGICD), to foster collaboration and effective implemetation.

    He said that building collaboration with institutions was one of the mandates of the Board, adding that the EFCC, ICPC, and others had statutory roles in enforcement of the NOGICD Act.

    He said: “I think the two most important significant one is to  enlighten stakeholders on what we do.

    “How we do it and the results we have been able to achieve.

    “The second is giving the participants the law enforcement agent.

    “As you can see it is also to highlight to them the roles to play that they are required to play (because) intervention is needed.

    “In order to help us prepare the provision of the Act, we have Customs, EFCC, ICPC, DSS. These are all law agents that all have roles to play as we implement the Act, so those are the significance of the workshop.

    “For example EFCC law provides for people complying with laws and laws are laws and if there is a breach, you need the authority to help you  go after these people, so that is part of the law that most of them maybe DSS, ICPC as the case maybe.

    “Expatriate quota, we don’t give quotas but we endorse in accordance with the law; we approve requests from the oil and gas industry.

    “People like immigration we work with them to ensure that the expatriates that we give approval to are those that are needed, and we go through the biometric process to ensure that we monitor those that were approved.

    “Custom to this role again, there are certain items that are banned from the oil and gas industry that we cannot import.

    “So, we work hand in hand to ensure that if those items are brought into the country, they are impounded to ensure the implementation of the Act and we need to collaborate with them to  be successful with what we do,” he said.

    The Head of NCDMB Legal Services, Mr Naboth Onyesoh, said the “Essence of the workshop is to assure and ensure that they are able to bring in relevant stakeholders to support in local content implementation and enforcement.

    He said the idea was that local content was like a “big load” which no single entity can carry.

    He said local content was a national economic agenda geared towards employment, creating industrialisation, ensuring capital  retention in the country and so many activities revolving around the oil and gas industry.

    He said: “We know oil and gas remains the mainstay of our economy, so it is important that other agencies that are connected with economic activities understand what the mandates of the board are and where they can support to ensure compliance with relevant requirements.

    “With the oil and gas industry, that is the very essence of bringing in the relevant law enforcement agencies so that they will be able to partner with the board and collaborate to achieve collective impact in local content in the oil and gas industry.”

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote has urged the Federal Government and other stakeholders to adopt a strategy to overcome the challenges of energy transition Wabote gave this advice in a statement by the NCMDB Corporate Communications Unit on Sunday as recommendation after his convocation lecture at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources FUPRE Effurun Delta The lecture was titled Defining the Value of Local Content in Petroleum Education Wabote said that the western nations had shifted attention from oil and gas and focused on provision of funding manufacturing of equipment and development of supply chain to support renewable energy sources According to him it is imperative that Nigeria and other hydrocarbon rich countries develop the requisite capacity and capability to produce and utilise fossil fuel resources Wabote said that the ongoing debate and deadlines being set for energy transition underscored the need to develop home grown skills to develop and manage the nation s natural resources The narrative around energy transition has further revealed the need to ensure that there is a direct link between our petroleum education and the development and utilisation of our hydrocarbon resources so we are able to deal with any outcome of the transition he said On the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 and the Decade of Gas initiative Wabote said they would engender investments and utilisation of the nation s estimated 600 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves He said it would also lead to a boom in the gas sector and benefit discerning institutions investors operators and service providers These scenarios require a robust petroleum education sector to ensure that our in country skill sets are available and sufficient to support the exploration development production and processing of hydrocarbon resources he said Wabote said that education institutions should prepare for the opportunities and challenges of energy transition and gas revolution by preparing a robust curriculum in petroleum education He said in doing it the mindset should be to enable Nigerians develop and utilise hydrocarbon resources using home grown technology Wabote said the institutions should focus on development of top notch graduates to enable the development of Nigerian hydrocarbon resources especially gas This will ensure that we are not forced out from the development of hydrocarbon resources due to lack of technical capability as was the case with coal development in Enugu he said Wabote said that FUPRE as an institution devoted to petroleum education should be at the forefront of preparing manpower needs for any outcome or impact of Energy Transition He said there was also the need to add renewables to the global energy mix to ensure energy security Wabote however criticised attempts by the western world to demonise or de market other energy sources as well as extracting commitments and setting unrealistic deadlines for countries to abandon fossil fuels He advised all nations to jealously guard their locally available sources of energy and ensure they remained in their energy mix for the benefit of their people Wabote said two implications had emerged from the rush to move the world away from fossil fuels adding that it included divestment whereby western countries shift funding away from the development of hydrocarbons towards renewable energy He said the other was Energy Shortage which was the decline in the supply of hydrocarbons due to lack of investments and the fast pace of the shift to renewable energies Wabote said that divestment had resulted in the emergence of indigenous companies playing major roles in exploration and production activities Such companies like AITEO FIRST E amp P EROTON and others have acquired assets and are now responsible for producing about 15 per cent of Nigeria s oil and more than 60 per cent of domestic gas he said Wabote however regretted that the divestment of the international oil companies and their reluctance to make further investments in oil and gas had resulted in the repatriation of capital out of Nigeria According to him this stifles the nation s economy of the much needed foreign exchange with funds used as loans to acquire oil and gas assets instead of being used to develop new production assets NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Energy Transition: NCDMB Boss recommends intensive petroleum education
     The Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote has urged the Federal Government and other stakeholders to adopt a strategy to overcome the challenges of energy transition Wabote gave this advice in a statement by the NCMDB Corporate Communications Unit on Sunday as recommendation after his convocation lecture at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources FUPRE Effurun Delta The lecture was titled Defining the Value of Local Content in Petroleum Education Wabote said that the western nations had shifted attention from oil and gas and focused on provision of funding manufacturing of equipment and development of supply chain to support renewable energy sources According to him it is imperative that Nigeria and other hydrocarbon rich countries develop the requisite capacity and capability to produce and utilise fossil fuel resources Wabote said that the ongoing debate and deadlines being set for energy transition underscored the need to develop home grown skills to develop and manage the nation s natural resources The narrative around energy transition has further revealed the need to ensure that there is a direct link between our petroleum education and the development and utilisation of our hydrocarbon resources so we are able to deal with any outcome of the transition he said On the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 and the Decade of Gas initiative Wabote said they would engender investments and utilisation of the nation s estimated 600 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves He said it would also lead to a boom in the gas sector and benefit discerning institutions investors operators and service providers These scenarios require a robust petroleum education sector to ensure that our in country skill sets are available and sufficient to support the exploration development production and processing of hydrocarbon resources he said Wabote said that education institutions should prepare for the opportunities and challenges of energy transition and gas revolution by preparing a robust curriculum in petroleum education He said in doing it the mindset should be to enable Nigerians develop and utilise hydrocarbon resources using home grown technology Wabote said the institutions should focus on development of top notch graduates to enable the development of Nigerian hydrocarbon resources especially gas This will ensure that we are not forced out from the development of hydrocarbon resources due to lack of technical capability as was the case with coal development in Enugu he said Wabote said that FUPRE as an institution devoted to petroleum education should be at the forefront of preparing manpower needs for any outcome or impact of Energy Transition He said there was also the need to add renewables to the global energy mix to ensure energy security Wabote however criticised attempts by the western world to demonise or de market other energy sources as well as extracting commitments and setting unrealistic deadlines for countries to abandon fossil fuels He advised all nations to jealously guard their locally available sources of energy and ensure they remained in their energy mix for the benefit of their people Wabote said two implications had emerged from the rush to move the world away from fossil fuels adding that it included divestment whereby western countries shift funding away from the development of hydrocarbons towards renewable energy He said the other was Energy Shortage which was the decline in the supply of hydrocarbons due to lack of investments and the fast pace of the shift to renewable energies Wabote said that divestment had resulted in the emergence of indigenous companies playing major roles in exploration and production activities Such companies like AITEO FIRST E amp P EROTON and others have acquired assets and are now responsible for producing about 15 per cent of Nigeria s oil and more than 60 per cent of domestic gas he said Wabote however regretted that the divestment of the international oil companies and their reluctance to make further investments in oil and gas had resulted in the repatriation of capital out of Nigeria According to him this stifles the nation s economy of the much needed foreign exchange with funds used as loans to acquire oil and gas assets instead of being used to develop new production assets NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Energy Transition: NCDMB Boss recommends intensive petroleum education
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    Energy Transition: NCDMB Boss recommends intensive petroleum education

    The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr Simbi Wabote, has urged the Federal Government and other stakeholders to adopt a strategy to overcome the challenges of energy transition.

    Wabote gave this advice in a statement by the NCMDB Corporate Communications Unit, on Sunday, as recommendation after his convocation lecture at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE) Effurun, Delta.

    The lecture was titled “Defining the Value of Local Content in Petroleum Education.”

    Wabote said that the western nations had shifted attention from oil and gas and focused on provision of funding, manufacturing of equipment, and development of supply chain to support renewable energy sources.

    According to him, it is imperative that Nigeria and other hydrocarbon-rich countries develop the requisite capacity and capability to produce and utilise fossil fuel resources.  

    Wabote said that the ongoing debate and deadlines being set for energy transition underscored the need to develop home-grown skills to develop and manage the nation’s natural resources. 

    “The narrative around energy transition has further revealed the need to ensure that there is a direct link between our petroleum education and the development and utilisation of our hydrocarbon resources, so we are able to deal with any outcome of the transition,” he said. 

    On the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 and the Decade of Gas initiative, Wabote said they would engender investments and utilisation of the nation’s estimated 600 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves.

    He said it would also lead to a boom in the gas sector and benefit discerning institutions, investors, operators, and service providers.  

    “These scenarios require a robust petroleum education sector to ensure that our in-country skill sets are available and sufficient to support the exploration, development, production, and processing of hydrocarbon resources,” he said.

    Wabote said that education institutions should prepare for the opportunities and challenges of energy transition and gas revolution by preparing a robust curriculum in petroleum education.

    He said in doing it, the mindset should be to enable Nigerians develop and utilise hydrocarbon resources using home-grown technology. 

    Wabote said the institutions should focus on development of top-notch graduates to enable the development of Nigerian hydrocarbon resources, especially gas. 

    “This will ensure that we are not forced out from the development of hydrocarbon resources due to lack of technical capability as was the case with coal development in Enugu,” he said.

    Wabote said that FUPRE as an institution devoted to petroleum education should be at the forefront of preparing manpower needs for any outcome or impact of Energy Transition. 

    He said there was also the need to add renewables to the global energy mix to ensure energy security.

    Wabote, however, criticised attempts by the western world to demonise or de-market other energy sources as well as extracting commitments and setting unrealistic deadlines for countries to abandon fossil fuels. 

    He advised all nations to jealously guard their locally-available sources of energy and ensure they remained in their energy mix for the benefit of their people.

    Wabote said two implications had emerged from the rush to move the world away from fossil fuels, adding that it included divestment, whereby western countries shift funding away from the development of hydrocarbons towards renewable energy.

    He said the other was Energy Shortage, which was the decline in the supply of hydrocarbons due to lack of investments and the fast pace of the shift to renewable energies.

    Wabote said that divestment had resulted in the emergence of indigenous companies playing major roles in exploration and production activities.

    “Such companies like AITEO, FIRST E&P, EROTON, and others have acquired assets and are now responsible for producing about 15 per cent of Nigeria’s oil and more than 60 per cent of domestic gas,” he said.

    Wabote, however, regretted that the divestment of the international oil companies and their reluctance to make further investments in oil and gas had resulted in the repatriation of capital out of Nigeria. 

    According to him, this stifles the nation’s economy of the much-needed foreign exchange with funds used as loans to acquire oil and gas assets instead of being used to develop new production assets. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A Federal High Court in Yenagoa on Friday admitted a Bayelsa based blogger Bara Ogidi charged with alleged cyberstalking to N5million bail The Department of State Security DSS arraigned Ogidi for alleged false report targeted at the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote Ogidi a publisher of an online new media Tracknews is facing a two count charge of cyberstalking Ruling on the bail application filed by Ogidi s counsel Temedie Great trial judge Justice Isa Dashen ordered that the surety must be a responsible citizen who resides and owns landed property within the court s jurisdiction He further ordered that in the alternative if the surety is a civil servant the surety must not be below the rank of a Director The judge adjourned the case until July 25 for continuation of trial and ruled that the defendant should remain in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Centre at Okaka in Yenagoa The DSS alleged that Ogidi accused Wabote of offering him N10 million to lure him to testify in his favour in a defamation suit filed by the NCDMB Executive Secretary against Mr Jackson Ude Count 1 CYBERSTALKING contrary to and punishable under Section 24 1 b of the Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention etc Act 2015 You OGIDI BEN BARA on Feb 11 caused a false information to be disseminated via various online newspaper outfits including THE EAGLE ONLINE The DSS said the publication caused annoyance enmity hatred and ill will towards Wabote The state department said the offence of cyberstalking is contrary to and punishable under Section 24 1 b of the Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention etc Act 2015 NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged cyberstalking: Court admits Bayelsa blogger to N5m bail
     A Federal High Court in Yenagoa on Friday admitted a Bayelsa based blogger Bara Ogidi charged with alleged cyberstalking to N5million bail The Department of State Security DSS arraigned Ogidi for alleged false report targeted at the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote Ogidi a publisher of an online new media Tracknews is facing a two count charge of cyberstalking Ruling on the bail application filed by Ogidi s counsel Temedie Great trial judge Justice Isa Dashen ordered that the surety must be a responsible citizen who resides and owns landed property within the court s jurisdiction He further ordered that in the alternative if the surety is a civil servant the surety must not be below the rank of a Director The judge adjourned the case until July 25 for continuation of trial and ruled that the defendant should remain in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Centre at Okaka in Yenagoa The DSS alleged that Ogidi accused Wabote of offering him N10 million to lure him to testify in his favour in a defamation suit filed by the NCDMB Executive Secretary against Mr Jackson Ude Count 1 CYBERSTALKING contrary to and punishable under Section 24 1 b of the Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention etc Act 2015 You OGIDI BEN BARA on Feb 11 caused a false information to be disseminated via various online newspaper outfits including THE EAGLE ONLINE The DSS said the publication caused annoyance enmity hatred and ill will towards Wabote The state department said the offence of cyberstalking is contrary to and punishable under Section 24 1 b of the Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention etc Act 2015 NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged cyberstalking: Court admits Bayelsa blogger to N5m bail
    General news3 months ago

    Alleged cyberstalking: Court admits Bayelsa blogger to N5m bail

    A Federal High Court in Yenagoa on Friday admitted a Bayelsa-based blogger, Bara Ogidi, charged with alleged cyberstalking to N5million bail.

    The Department of State Security (DSS) arraigned Ogidi, for alleged false report targeted at the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr Simbi Wabote.

    Ogidi, a publisher of an online new media, Tracknews, is facing a two count charge of cyberstalking.

    Ruling on the bail application filed by Ogidi’s counsel, Temedie Great, trial judge, Justice Isa Dashen ordered that the surety must be a responsible citizen who resides and owns landed property within the court’s jurisdiction.

    He further ordered that in the alternative, if the surety is a civil servant, the surety must not be below the rank of a Director.

    The judge adjourned the case until July 25 for continuation of trial and ruled that the defendant should remain in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Centre at Okaka in Yenagoa.

    The DSS alleged that  Ogidi  accused Wabote of offering him N10 million to lure him to testify in his favour in a defamation suit filed by the NCDMB Executive Secretary against Mr Jackson Ude.

    “Count 1 “CYBERSTALKING, contrary to and punishable under Section 24(1)b of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015”

    “You OGIDI BEN BARA on Feb. 11, caused a false information to be disseminated via various online newspaper outfits including “THE EAGLE ONLINE”

    The DSS said the publication caused annoyance, enmity, hatred and ill will towards  Wabote.

    The state department said the offence of cyberstalking is  contrary to and punishable under Section 24(1)b of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015.(NAN)

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN