The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and Dangote Group, promoted by Africaâ€™s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, have commenced collaborations towards ensuring maximum utilisation of local capacities in the construction of the companyâ€™s 650,000 barrels per day refinery.
Dangote Group has also pledged among other things, to utilise certified Nigerian service companies for the fabrication of modules, pipe coating as well as the supply of paints and cables.
In addition, the two organisations will hold technical meetings and undertake a tour of the project site to examine extensively other Nigerian Content opportunities that can be utilised on the project.
Responding to the presentation made by the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Mr. Simbi Wabote, outlining the existing Nigerian Content capacities and how they can contribute to the refinery project, the Honorary Adviser to the President of Dangote Group, Mr. Joseph Makoju confirmed that â€œthere are a number of opportunities for collaborationâ€.
â€œWe want to partner with you and we hope to have mutual beneficial relationships,â€ Makoju said.
Makoju noted that the company planned to set a record on Local Content accomplishment with the petrochemicals plant, which would be biggest single train refinery in the world.
He identified the Dangote Academy as another platform for collaboration, especially as the instituteâ€™s focus will be expanded beyond the cement industry, to include the petroleum industry and other key sectors that the Group operates.
Earlier in his presentation, Wabote commended the President of Dangote Group for investing in manufacturing across various sectors of the economy and creating employments for thousands of Nigerians.
He expressed confidence that the companyâ€™s foray into the downstream sector of the petroleum industry would revolutionise the sector and reverse the nationâ€™s dependence on imported petroleum products.
The Executive Secretary informed the Dangote team that the implementation of Nigerian Content Act in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry had developed huge capacities that should be leveraged for the refinery project.
Wabote clarified that companies operating in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry were not mandated to remit one per cent of their contract sums to the Nigerian Content Development Fund (NCDF).
On the companyâ€™s extensive plan to select and train local personnel who would run the refinery proficiently, the Executive Secretary suggested that the trainees be picked from the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Joint Qualification System(NOGICJQS), which has database of Nigerians with various competencies in the oil and gas sector.
He also asked the Dangote Group to engage the Oil and Gas Trainers Association (OGTAN) because members of the group had capacity to provide some of the trainings being envisaged by the company for their new employees.