In order to achieve the target of reducing the cost of oil production in Nigeria on a sustainable basis, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, says indigenous companies operating in the nation’s Oil and Gas sector must upscale their capacity for global competitiveness.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, stated this recently at a virtual stakeholders consultative summit organized by the Senate Committee on Local Content.
A statement by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru, quoted the NNPC GMD as saying that there was need to amend the Local Content Act to reflect current realities in the industry.
The NNPC boss who was represented by the Group General Manager, Corporate Planning & Strategy, CP&S, Eyesan Oritsemeyiwa, argued that there was need to have a legislation to resolve the issues of funding challenges faced by local players, stressing that Oil and Gas business required high technical skills and competence to compete favourably at the global stage.
Speaking further on the need for greater capacity building on the part of indigenous companies, the GMD said the nation’s education system has a great role to play in the development of highly skilled technical manpower, adding that any legislation on Nigerian content development that fails to embrace issues of investment in the educational system was not likely to achieve much.
The GMD commended the legislators for the plan to extend the local content law beyond the oil and gas industry to other sectors of the nation’s economy, stressing that it would open up the non-oil sectors to growth and development.
Editor Paul Akhagbemhe