By Yunus Yusuf
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has declared its intention to partner with Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical Free Trade Zone Enterprises (DPRP) on the effective implementation of the Local Content Act in the country.
Mr Anthony Chiejina, the Group Head, Media Communications, Dangote Group revealed this in Lagos on Saturday.
Chiejina said that Mr Akintunde Adelana, the Director, Monitoring & Evaluation of NCDMB, who represented the board’s Executive Secretary, Simbi Wabote, confirmed DPRP readiness to implement the Act.
It was during the DPRP Nigerian Content Sensitization/Awareness Creation Programme, titled“Let’s Walk the Nigerian Content Talk Together,” at Lekki Free Trade Zone.
“The Dangote Refinery project is expected to close a major gap in the supply of petroleum products in the country. We consider this as a very important project and we are willing to partner with the company to ensure full implementation of the local content policy,” Adelana said.
“We embarked on this journey with the company a long time ago and we are ready to partner with the Dangote Group. Part of what you see to today is part of our efforts to ensure that the company and its contractors comply with the local content policy”, he added.
Adelana described the Local Content Act as the quantum of composite value added to, or created in the Nigerian economy by a systematic development of capacity and capabilities, through the deliberate utilization of Nigerian human, material resources and services in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
He said the country recorded losses prior to the enactment of the local content policy, which he noted, came from jobs executed abroad by International Oil Companies (IOCs), operating in the country.
“The narrative then was that nothing can be done in the country. Plants and modules were fully fabricated offshore without any structure in place to achieve knowledge transfer.
” Before 2010, we had no active dry-dock facilities. The few we had were abandoned and left to rot away. Today, we have four active dry docking facilities in Port Harcourt, Onne, and Lagos,” he said.
He said the board’s mandate is to develop local capacity in key areas such as manufacturing and fabrication and promote indigenous ownership of assets and utilisation of indigenous assets in oil and gas operations.
Adelana added that the board’s responsibility also include linking the oil and gas industry with other sectors of the economy, enhance multiplier effect of oil and gas investments in economy and develop pool of competitive supply chain rooted in oil bearing communities.
Reading riot acts to defaulters of the Nigerian Content Policy, Adelana, on behalf of Wabote said non-compliance with the law, will result to the suspension of projects/contracts, penalty of five per cent of project sum, withdrawal of NCDMB’s services, and project cancellation unrecoverable sunk cost.
Other penalties for non-compliance, according to the Executive Secretary, are escalation to other regulators to withdraw or suspend license, withdrawal of approvals or de-classification of contractor from pre-qualification list.
Others are application of the full weight of the law in accordance with Section 68, and publication of non-compliant operators in newspapers and professional gazettes.
The Chief Operating Officer, DPRP, Mr Giuseppe Surace, said the programme was organised to create awareness among the company’s contractors on the requirements of NCDMB.
“The programme was organised to ensure that our contractors are well informed about the Nigerian Content Act and this is expected to assist them with the execution of not just the Dangote project, but other projects in their portfolio,” he added.