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‘Nigeria needs local content for growth’

Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (CDMB) will not relent in its efforts to propagate the use of local contents in every aspect of the economy for growth, its Executive Secretary, Simbi Wabote, has said.

He said the need became imperative in order to encourage the use of local contents, by successive administrations in the country, urging research institutes and oil companies to play key roles in this regard for the growth of the economy.

Speaking during its induction as a fellow member of the Institute of Petroleum Studies (IPS) Port Harcourt, recently, he said the institute is partner in progress in the search for quality materials, needed to achieve a truly grown nation.

The institute awarded him for his exceptional accomplishments in engineering, strategic management and local content leadership in the Oil and Gas Industry. The award was part of the flagship programme of the institute’s 15th Induction Ceremony/Exhibition which took place at Ebitimi Banigo Auditorium, University of Port Harcourt.

He said Wabote was one of the two persons admitted to fellowship of the institute this year, while the second person was Hervochon Joel, a French national and Executive Director, Deep Water District, TUPNI, Lagos. Both were inducted for their distinguished career in the oil and gas sector, spanning nearly 30 years.

IPS was established 15 years ago in collaboration with Institut Francais du Petrole et Energies Nouvelle (IFP/New Energy), the Ecole du Petrole et des Monteurs (IFP School), Paris, France.

The school was established primarily as a Centre of Excellence in Geosciences, Drilling and Production technology, petroleum economics, policy and strategic studies, in order to provide topnotch academic and hands-on education for young professionals.This is to meet the needs of the Nigerian petroleum industry through a commitment to excellence in training, applied research, continuing education and capacity building.

The main sponsor of the institute is the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC)/Total E & P Nigeria Limited (TEPNG) Joint Venture.

In the citation read by the Institute, Mr. Wabote was described as an “experienced and excellent professional who has recorded huge successes in the various assignments so far carried out, making him an effective and resourceful manager who is able to groom and manage divers and high performing teams”.