The CEOs endorsed the programmes during their quarterly meeting with the Executive Secretary of NCDMB
, Ernest Nwapa
held last Tuesday at the Board's headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
warned that unless the IOCs patronize local service companies and help them build capacity with which to execute jobs in Nigeria and employ the citizenry, they will continue to put pressure on international operating companies to employ them.
regretted that most operating companies judge their Nigerian Content performance by the volume of contracts they award to Nigerian entities whereas most of such jobs get executed abroad and with tools leased from foreign companies, thereby exporting most of the spend.
also rued the low patronage of indigenous marine vessels by the international operating companies, noting that the industry spends approximately $4bn annually, but nearly 80 per cent of the spend end up abroad.
The industry, she said, should commit to the Vessel Replacement Strategy developed by the Board, which will see Nigerians owned Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) and Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) replace foreign owned vessels.
To ensure the success of the Offshore Rigs Acquisition Strategy, Equipment Components Manufacturing Requirements and Establishment of Line Pipe mills, Nwapa
challenged the industry to "take steps that demonstrate that we are going to get to the expected target in 2015.
said the Proposed Engagement Model with Ministries and Departments will help address policy inconsistencies and common issues impacting implementation of Local Content in the Oil and Gas Industry.