Nigerian content board task youths on policy implementation

THE Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has urged youths in the Niger Delta region of the country to make themselves available to harness the opportunities in the oil and gas industry through the Nigerian content policy of the federal government.

And at a stakeholders Forum organised by the Board in Benin City, a group, National Association of Edo Ethnic Youths appealed to youths in the country not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs during and after the general election just as they applauded the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the dates of the election.

They said the shift in dates would give room for more Nigerians to collect their permanent voters cards (PVC) and perform their civic responsibility in the forthcoming elections.

President of the group, Christopher Udobor in company of President, Itsekiri Youth Council (IYC), Esimaje Awani made the assertion in Benin city, where he said “since there is a lot of security lapses in the country particularly in the North Eastern Nigeria, it is pertinent for the presidency to beef up security ahead of the polls to ensure transparent, peaceful, free and fair conduct of the election. Insecurity and the inability to conduct election this February is not the only problem with Nigeria.

We have a lot of problems here and that we should deal with before going into elections. Nigerians should commend the efforts of president Goodluck Jonathan and INEC for the postponement of the elections because the shift in dates were done in the overall interest of Nigerians safety and national security.”

Speaking at the Forum with the theme; “Local Content: Youth Involvement and Benefits “, Executive secretary (NCDMB), Dr. Ernest Nwapa urged the youths of the region to avail themselves for all oil and gas operations in the area noting that its not an opportunity given to the youths of the region but their right to engage in all projects operational in the Niger Delta. “In every projects operations in the Niger Delta, you must be significantly involved, that is through gainful employment and contract award”, he said.

Represented by the General manager, Zonal Coordination and Board projects (NCDMB), Dr.Gina Ginah, Nwapa said the forum is to highlight opportunities and provide specific training required to boost employability of youths in the oil and gas industry.

He explained that four years after the board was inaugurated by president Goodluck Jonathan, it has thrived beyond expectation in the promotion and implementation of the local content Act, by ensuring that the Nigerian economy benefits from the vast hydrocarbons resources in the country as well as placing production and operating assets in the hands of Nigerian, maximizing utilization of Nigerian made goods, deepening community participation and maximizing utilization of Nigerian human resources.He appealed to the Niger Delta youths to be intellectually prepared to take up responsibilities in the oil and gas sector, adding that the mandate of the board includes the “promotion, development and utilization of in-country capabilities for industrialization of Nigeria through the effective implementation of the Nigerian Content Act with a view to be the instrument for the industrialization of Nigeria”.

The Guardian

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