By Theodore Opara
C&I Leasing plc a leading brand in operational leases and logistics support services in Nigeria, is sponsoring 12 people to the Damen shipyard in Romania for six weeks training, to study different aspects of ship building. This gesture, as it was disclosed is part of a strategic plan to encourage national capacity development, particularly in the marine sector.
The training is part of the company’s contribution to ensuring the requisite skills necessary for achieving the Nigerian Content goal of wholly built Nigerian vessels are domiciled in country. The trainees departed Nigeria on the 3rd of October 2015 and have already made significant progress since their departure.
Speaking at a brief pre-departure ceremony, Technical Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Jeff Tuatongha who represented the Executive Secretary, congratulated the candidates and encouraged them to be on their best behaviour as their post training progress will to a large extent be impacted by how well they perform in the course and applicable assessments throughout the training.
Mr. Tuatongha was full of praises for the management of C&I Leasing for the initiative, citing that the gesture was a significant contribution to the human capital development mandate of the NCDMB under the Nigerian Content Act (NOGICD Act 2010). He concluded by reminding the trainees to conduct themselves as worthy ambassadors throughout their stay.
Also speaking at the event, Mr. Wisdom Nwagwu, General Manager Petrotech Marine, on behalf of C&I Leasing explained that this initiative was in fulfilment of a commitment to develop local capacity at the bidding stage of a contract for the provision of four security patrol boats to NLNG. He further disclosed that Damen’s Shipyard in Romania is one of the largest shipyards in the world and advised the trainees to make the most of the opportunity they have been given.