Newly Commissioned 17-Storey NCDMB Content Tower in Bayelsa State

Local Content Development: Buhari commissions NCDMB Tower in Bayelsa

*Building project delivered by indigenous contractors, engineers, consultants

*Structure equipped with 10-Megawatt gas-fired power plant, 1000-seater conference hall

*Local Content, Self-Reliance key principles of N2.3trillion National Economic Sustainability Plan, says President Buhari

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of the prevailing pandemic, and in determination to emphasise the strategic importance of local content in all activities of the national life, President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the 17-story Nigerian Content Tower in Bayelsa State.

The tower is a project of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and will serve as its headquarters.

President Buhari, in a speech broadcast via Zoom from the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, FCT, Thursday, August 13, described the commissioning of the tower, virtually, as a “historic moment”, reports Channels TV.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Honourable Minister for Information and Culture, and Rotimi Amaechi, Honourable Minister for Transportation, also attended the commissioning virtually.

Buhari said: “I am pleased that the project has been delivered by local contractors, supported by local engineers and project consultants.

“We must all be proud that we finished what we started.”

He later mandated Timipre Sylva, Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, to physically commission the building on his behalf, report stated.

Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri also delivered a speech at the commissioning of the NCDMB building equipped with its own 10-Megawatt gas-fired power plant and a 1,000 seater conference hall.

The President as well commissioned the power plant which, according to the NCDMB, was built in partnership with the Nigerian Agip Oil Company.

He described the NCDMB building as a signpost for the importance of local content in the country.

The NCDMB was established by the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act which came into effect on April 22, 2010.

‘‘With the commissioning of this project, I want to highlight that we have put in place a landmark of reference in the Niger Delta to reflect long-lasting legacies that signpost the years of oil and gas exploitation and I assure you that there is more to come,’’ Buhari stated.

According to the President, “this commissioning brings to the fore the importance of local content in all activities of our national life, especially with the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

He stressed that he strongly believes in local production and patronage of Nigerian goods and services as one of the surest ways to empower the citizens.

Buhari noted: ‘‘That is why two of the Executive Orders issued under our government are related to enforcing local content in public procurement and contracts to further replicate the successes being realized in the oil and gas industry.

‘‘Local Content and Self-Reliance are key principles of the recently approved 2.3 trillion Naira National Economic Sustainability Plan.

“The plan is aimed at the promotion of local production, local services, local innovation, and the use of local materials.”

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