July 21, 2024

NCDMB takes CCG to Ondo state, begins training, skill acquisition for host community youth

Oredola Adeola

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has restated its commitment to developing a pool of skilled, competent workforce and human capital needed to drive the Nigerian oil and gas industry and service sector through the Community Content Guideline (CCG).

Engr. Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, NCDMB, made this known during a one-day sensitization/enlightenment workshop/seminar on the CCG, organised by the Board for participants in Akure, Ondo State, on Tuesday.

Wabote who was represented by Engr. Ginah O. Ginah, General Manager, Corporate Communications and Zonal Coordination, NCDMB, disclosed that the Board is looking forward to raising positive and productive ambassadors among the participants through the training programme.

He also emphasised that the Board has increased Local Content from 5% to about 54% per cent. He noted that building the capacities of Nigerians is a key mandate of the Board.

The NCDMB boss listed the types of capacity-building training initiated by the Board to include, direct intervention, project-based, collaborative and remedial training.

According to him, the different types of training that are to be undertaken by the participants are preceded by needs assessment to identify skill gaps, needs and opportunities.

Speaking on the objectives of the CCG, Wabote said, the programme is aimed at achieving structured engagement of youths in host communities in productive endeavours including employment, training, services, supplies, manufacturing and contracts.

He said, “The programme is also meant to establish critical infrastructure to stimulate development in host communities; attract new businesses to strategic locations in host Communities and also sustain the growth of host Community entrepreneurs through fund and policy support.

Engr. Ginah further noted the four broad pillars of the Community Content Framework are project office and community offices, employment and human capital development (HCD), procurement of goods and services, and funding.