By Sebastine Obasi
THE Akwa Ibom State Government is demanding that International Oil Companies (IOCs) increase their patronage of the oil and gas contracting firms whose operational bases are domiciled in the state, noting that the trend would go a long way in addressing unemployment as well as grow the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
Governor of the State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel who spoke while commissioning a multi-million naira operation base owned by Engineering Automation Technology Limited (EATECH) in Eket, Akwa Ibom State lauded the Federal Government’s local content law, saying its implementation in the last seven years has helped greatly in growing local capacities among indigenous vendors and other contracting firms.
Udom who described Akwa Ibom as Nigeria’s largest oil producing state lauded those local contracting firms that have established their headquarters, operational bases, or fabrication yards in the state.
He promised that the state government would do all within its power to ensure that they get patronage from IOCs like ExxonMobil that is the dominant oil and gas exploitation and exploration firm in the state.
Udom who was represented by the Secretary to the state Government, Mr. Etekamba Umoren after a tour of the facilities put in place by EATECH at the Eket base, said he was convinced that there existed local contracting firms with the financial, technical, and managerial capabilities to undertake the most complex project in the oil and gas industry.