NCDMB Debunks Sensational Reports About Steel Industry And PIGB

LR, Mr Anya Njoku, MARAN President and Mr Naboth Onyesoh of the NCDMB

LR, Mr Anya Njoku, MARAN President and Mr Naboth Onyesoh of the NCDMB

…Says  NCDMB Will Collaborate With NIMASA On Cabotage

By Ambrose Okehi

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has debunked the sensational news  headlines reported in some newspapers last week to the effect that the board has queried the infrastructural development on the rail sector of the economy and delayed passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB).

The Board’s General Manager, Corporate Communication, Dr. Ginah O. Ginah, who represented Executive Secretary (ES)at a one-day sensitization seminar on ”Local Content Development in Shipping, Oil and Gas Loogistics Operation in Nigeria”, organized by Maritime Reporters of Nigeria (MARAN) at Rockview Hotel Apapa, Lagos, said that it is absurd to ascribe such story to an agency of government established by a law to be at the forefront of local content development.

Giving more clarification on the news report, Mr. Naboth Onyesoh, the Manager, Corporate Communication who also countered the report assured that his agency NCDMB is working with NIMASA, the agency saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of the Coastal Inland Cabotage Act No. of 2003  likewise ensuring enforcing of local content policies by similar agencies in the country.

Dr. Ginah said, he was shocked and embarrassed by the publication and wishes to categorically reject and refute the story as a complete misrepresentation of what the agency said at the event. He further added that the entire reportage as a complete inaccuracies and conjunctures.
However, the GM   Corporate Communications said that the Federal Government’s focus on rail projects abandonment for three decades has contributed a lot and will catalyse commerce across the country and enhance the revamping  of the steel industry, which will in turn accelerate local content development or performance in the entire oil and gas sector thereby linking such developments in other sectors of the economy.

According Dr.Ginah, participants at seminar agreed that there is need for quicken of the passage of all the  petroleum industry bills by the National Assembly not just Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, as to spur more investments.

On their collaborative efforts with other agencies like NIMASA, the NCDMB’s image maker reiterated that the agency is determined to collaborate with other stakeholders, including NIMASA to implement and enforce the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry Content Development Act for the benefit of Nigeria and all Nigerians.
He also affirmed that the board has continued to enjoy excellent support from the highest level of government under president Mohammadu Buhari, which has enabled the agency to discharge its mandate.

On his response, the Manager Corporate Communications, Mr. Naboth Onyesoh added that no nation exists in good relationship with others and progresses in the absence of maritime because maritime as a means of international trade between countries.

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