The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has revealed the plan to train judges and other judicial officers in Rivers State, as furtherance of its commitment to expose the Justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Federal High Court and State Judges to the roles of the judiciary in the development of local content law in the oil and gas industry.
This was confirmed in a statement released by the board on Thursday when the Directorate of Legal Services, NCDMB, led by Barr. Naboth Onyesoh, paid a working visit to the Rivers State Ministry of Justice in Port Harcourt.
EnergyDay checks showed that the Board had earlier organised a capacity-building workshop for members of the Bayelsa State Judiciary on the interpretation of laws and regulations underpinning Nigerian Content as well as in the adjudication of disputes arising out of its implementation.
The Thursday meeting according to the Board was part of its stakeholder’s engagement to work our modalities for NCDMB to organise a workshop for the State judiciary based on the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content (NOGICD) Act 2010.
The Board also donated 50 computers sets and 50 Hard-drives from to the Rivers State Chief Judge.
According to Barr. Naboth Onyesoh, Head, Legal Directorate of the Board, the donations were intended to support the work being done by the Rivers State Judiciary, which he described as one of the few fully automated ones in the country.
He also took the chance to describe how the Board and the NOGICD Act operate and appealed to the Bar and other stakeholders to support the Board to succeed in achieving the implementation and enforcement of the Act.
Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Amadi, while acknowledging the donation commended the Board for its proposed workshop for judges and other judicial officers in the state.
He also lauded the Board for deeming it fit to train judges on oil & gas and local content laws.