The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited have signed a Service Level Agreement (SLA), committing to compliance with the provisions of the Nigerian Content Act and timely approvals of documents.
The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr. Simbi Wabote and the Managing Director of NLNG, Mr. Tony Attah signed on behalf of their organisations in Abuja.
The SLA, first of its kind to be entered between a regulator and another entity in the oil and gas industry would be adopted as the template for managing documentations, contracting and expatriate quota between the Board and international and local operating companies.
The agreement obligates NLNG to submit to the NCDMB documents like the Quarterly Job Forecast, Nigerian Content Plan, Bidders List, Nigerian Content Evaluation Criteria, Nigerian Content Technical Bid among others.
By the terms of the agreement, the Board has to respond on specific timelines and should the Board fail to respond in accordance with the provisions of the SLA, NLNG can proceed with its tendering process.
Speaking at the event, Wabote acknowledged that NLNGâ€™s operations are time sensitive, adding that the SLA would ensure that â€œNLNG is not exposed to violations and NCDMB is not a blocker to the business.â€
He said the SLA was a key strategy of shortening the contracting cycle, cutting the cost of projects and improving compliance with the Nigerian Content Act.
Speaking further, Wabote explained that activities of the NCDMB impacts on the business of the NLNG while the companyâ€™s operations also influence how the Nigerian Content Act is viewed by stakeholders.
He also canvassed for greater collaboration between the two organisations, requesting for NLNGâ€™s support towards the development of a dry dock facility in the Niger Delta region, to cater for the maintenance of big vessels, including LNG carriers.
In his comments, Attah commended the Board for the speedy development of the SLA, describing it as an innovative way of addressing the companyâ€™s concerns.
He noted that NLNG was bound to comply with provisions of the Nigerian Content Act and also pressed by the urgency required in making decisions for its business.
According to Attah, SLA provided an opportunity for consolidating the companyâ€™s collaboration with the Board and delivering on its mission of contributing significantly to the Nigerian economy.
He recalled that NLNG recorded high Nigerian Content achievements in the construction of its last six ships as goods worth over $10 million were exported from Nigeria to South Korea and utilised on the ships.
On the development of drydock facilities, Attah also promised to work with the Board, stating that the company had previously constituted a consortium to identify and assess possible sites but was yet to make appreciable progress.