The Co-Chair of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo has received in audience the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe.

The meeting which took place in Abuja recently provided an opportunity for Ogbe and his management to brief Ekpo on the agency’s mandate, activities and initiatives over the years.

This is coming on the heels of Ekpo’s appointment as the Co-Chair of the Governing Council of the NCDMB by President Ahned Bola Tinubu last month.

The appointment was made public in a statement by the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the President, Chief Ajuri Ngelale.

The presentation dwelt extensively on the board’s third-party investments, over 60% of which are gas based.

The NCDMB team informed the minister that the investments are in furtherance of the Federal Government’s plan to power the Nigerian economy with gas resources as well as the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act.

The Minister in his remarks commended the board for investing in worthy third-party projects, which have helped to create jobs and deepen local content, with some beginning to yield return on investments.

He pledged his commitment to support NCDMB to achieve its mandate which is key to meeting the economic aspirations of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration.

He stressed that due process must be followed in carrying out the operations of the Board, in line with the instructions and example set by Mr. President.

He also promised to visit the board’s third-party projects as well as the beneficiaries of the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund, especially the projects that focus specifically on gas.

The Co-Chair of the NCDMB’s Governing Council also commended the board for its strategic role in approving the Nigeria LNG Train 7 project, noting that the project had brought a lot of benefits to the Nigerian economy.

Apart from Ogbe, the Director Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Abdulmalik Halilu, Director, Projects Certification and Authorization, Engr. Abayomi Bamidele, Acting Director Legal Services, Mr. Naboth Onyesoh, and Acting Director Finance and Personnel Management, Mr. Ifeanyi Ukoha were some of the top management staff that visited Ekpo.


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