Ninety-one Nigerian contractors have benefitted from a capacity building training under the ongoing partnership between Chevron Nigeria Limited, operator of the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, and the Lagos Business School, thereby furthering the Nigerian Content policy of the Federal government.
This was disclosed in a statement released by Mr. Femi Odumabo, the companyâ€™s General Manager, Government, Policy & Public Affairs, at the weekend.
The two- module, five-day training programme with the Themes, â€œBuilding & Sustaining a Successful Business and Entrepreneur Management Course in Supply Contract Managementâ€ which took place recently at the Lagos Business School increased beneficiaries from the colloquium to over 500.
Mr. Lanre Alabi, Manager, Facilities Engineering, who represented CNL management, challenged the oil and gas industry to develop to a higher level in the implementation of the Nigerian Content initiative, urging operators to progress the Nigerian Content initiative from compliance to business model.
â€œWe are in it, not just because the Federal Government has insisted on it, but because it is the right thing to do.
For us in Chevron, we are determined to continue to do all we can to make the initiative work. Our desire is to make our industry better. This is an investment that is worth the while because it is an investment in peopleâ€, he said.
Chevronâ€™s Manager, Nigerian Content Development, Mrs. Bisi Soji-Oyawoye explained that for Nigerian contractors to successfully operate in the oil & gas industry, they had to fulfill the basic Nigerian Content requirements, including a robust Nigerian Content plan, in all stages of the tendering process. She further advised them to have a clear company vision, long-term focus and world class standards that do not compromise quality, health and safety to ensure sustainable success.
Chevron had opted to play a pivotal role in local capacity building as the challenges noticed with the Nigerian Content policy needed to be addressed, she said, while urging contractors to take advantage of the training.
Mr. Kayode Odukoya, Chevronâ€™s General Manager, NNPC/DPR Relations, said â€œApart from facilitating partnerships and alliances between indigenous companies and foreign firms with the purpose of building leadership skill and technical expertise, our strategic objective is geared towards the establishment of an enduring legacy of self sustainable indigenous companies which can compete in the global marketâ€.