GROUP ACCUSES NCDMB, HOUSE OF REPS. LOCAL CONTENT COMMITTEE OF HYPOCRISY

The Niger Delta Network for Justice and Peace(NDNJP) have accused the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the House of Representatives Committee on Local Content of hypocrisy and lack of the will to enforce the provisions of the the law

The group in a statement signed by its National President, Comrade Ovie Zikky wondered why the House Committee in particular have failed to take action in respect of a Niger Delta company, Macobarb International Ltd, currently being shortchanged by Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company Ltd (NLNG)

It will be recalled that in a petition which was sent to the National Assembly and the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, Mr. Shedrack Ogboru, Managing Director, Macobarb claimed among others the refusal of NLNG to pay his company for job executed,  which led to the forced resignation of Diamond Bank staff, Mr. Christopher Ukah, by whom Macobarb secured a N68 million Loan for the Contract. “Mr. Bayo Adenrele would without any respect to the constitutional dignity, personal rights of the MD of Macobarb, discriminate against him in several particulars not limited to treating the MD of Macobarb with disdain and walk him out of his office when he came to seek the reasons why he is delaying or has refused to sign his portion of the certificate Fortunately, Mr. Ogboru pointed out that, “NLNG personnel framed the Contract, so if anyone should know the details and operations of the contract it was NLNG. But from the following particulars it would seem there is disconnect between the framers of the contract and the personnel having the final say on implementation of the contract.

Recently, members of the Federal House of Representatives begun working with stakeholders in Power, Construction and Information Communication Technology sectors to extend the Nigerian Content Act to the three sectors of the economy.

The collaboration was firmed up at the recent workshop organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Local Content, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The consensus at the event was that extending the Act to those key sectors would replicate the achievements recorded in the oil and gas industry through the implementation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act.

In his presentation on Opera-tionalising Local Content in the Construction Sector, Chief Executive Officer, Megastar Construction Company, Arch Harcourt Adukeh stated that the construction industry could be a key driver of the Federal Government’s economic diversification programme when the prevailing dominance of the industry by international companies is reversed.

Adukeh underscored the need to encourage indigenous participation in the construction sector, adding that the industry was a key enabler of ancillary services like financial services, education, retail, real estate and hospitality.

Speaking on Local Content in the power sector, Commissioner, Engineering, Performance & Monitoring, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Prof. Frank Okafor, stressed that”no country in the world had grown its power network through the importation of all components and devices.’’He canvassed a legislation that would promote deliberate utilisation of local human and material resources, goods and services in the power sector.

Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Local Content, Hon. Emmanuel Ekon in his address, highlighted some of the achievements recorded in the oil and gas industry through the imple-mentation of the Nigerian Content Act.

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