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Bayelsa State governor urges enhanced local content development in oil and gas sector

Governor Douye Diri Encourages New NCDMB Management to Prioritize Niger Delta Community Engagement

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Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has called on the recently appointed management of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to surpass the achievements of their predecessors, emphasizing the state’s commitment to supporting initiatives promoting local content development in the oil and gas sector.

During a courtesy visit by the new board members, led by Executive Secretary Mr. Felix Omashola-Ogbe, Governor Diri underscored the significance of the Bayelsa government collaborating with NCDMB to fulfill its objectives. The governor, according to a statement by Chief Press Secretary Mr. Daniel Alabrah, congratulated the appointees on their selection by President Bola Tinubu and urged them to deliver optimal performance to positively impact the country’s oil and gas landscape.

Governor Diri stressed the need for the NCDMB management to be mindful of the historical agitations that prompted the organization’s establishment, which aimed to rectify the neglect of oil and gas host communities. He emphasized the importance of empowering Niger Delta people, constituting the local content of the oil industry, and urged the board to prioritize their involvement.

He remarked, “Part of our challenges here is that the oil and gas industry has not taken along the local content, which is the people of the Niger Delta. That has been the outcry. It has been so exclusive, as though we do not have qualified people.”

Governor Diri expressed optimism that the new leadership would build upon the achievements of previous management and address the disparities in the industry. He encouraged the board to set ambitious goals for themselves to enhance local content participation.

In response, NCDMB Executive Secretary Mr. Felix Omashola-Ogbe thanked the governor for the warm reception and officially introduced the newly-constituted board. He affirmed the board’s commitment to collaborating with the Bayelsa State government, pledging to continue and complete projects inherited from previous administrations for a successful tenure.

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