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We Are Working Towards Sustainable Industrialization Of Nigeria – NCDMB

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We Are Working Towards Sustainable Industrialization Of Nigeria – NCDMB

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, has expressed commitment to achieving sustainable industrialization in Nigeria.

The NCDMB aims at achieving this through patriotism, professionalism, and commitment to its Expatriate Quota Management, EQM, initiative.

The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, who disclosed this at the stakeholders’ sensitization workshop on EQM, an initiative for companies in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry in Lagos, Wednesday, noted that the initiative falls under the medium-term plan of the NCDMB’s 10-year Strategic Road Map.

Engr. Wabote, who was represented by the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr. Daziba Obah, said: “On behalf of the Executive Secretary, NCDMB. I am highly delighted to welcome you all to this stakeholders sensitization workshop on the Expatriate Quota Management initiative for companies in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.

We Are Working Towards Sustainable Industrialization Of Nigeria – NCDMB
Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote.

“As a reputable Board, our Vision statement is to be the instrument for the industrialization of Nigeria. We hope to achieve this through an uncanny display of patriotism, integrity, team spirit, professionalism, creativity, and passion. In addition, as part of the Board’s 10-year strategic Road Map and implementation plan, the EQM initiative falls under the medium-term (3-5 year plan) of the 10-year Strategic Road Map.

“This event has been put together to create awareness and extend the EQ management initiatives to companies in the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry and other agencies of government: The government agencies invited for the workshop are the Ministry of Interior (MOI), Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS), Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Nigerian Midstream & Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), & Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency (NIMASA).”

According to him, “The main thrust of the stakeholders’ sensitization workshop was to showcase the features on the NOGIC-JQS portal to the industry stakeholders, take the stakeholders through the different modules to address various issues of concerns in using the NOGIC-JQS portal, and provide an opportunity to educate the industry stakeholders of the possible benefits of using the NOGIC JQS platform.”

He maintained that it was also aimed at, “Presenting an opportunity to inform the industry stakeholders of the need for constant update of their JQS profile accounts, Present an opportunity to interact with the industry stakeholders on the possible ways to gather quality data through the JQS platform, extend Expatriate Quota Management initiative to companies operating in the Oil and Gas Industry & strengthen compliance with the NOGICD-ACT 2010 and discuss Expatriate Quota application process, Temporary Work Permit processes, Expatriate Biometric Data Capture Scheme, 1% NCDF Remittancesvia the NOGIC-JQS portal and any other issue of concerns.”

He also explained that “The Nigerian Oil and Gas Content Industry Joint Qualification System (NOGICJQS) is the industry databank for available capacities and capabilities used for the Nigerian Content registration and pre-qualification of contractors in the industry; verification of contractors’ capacities and capabilities; evaluation of the application of Nigerian Content in the operations of oil companies and contractors; database for national skills development; and ranking and categorization of service companies based on capacities and Nigerian Content.

“Equally important is the automation of some of the Board’s business processes via our NOGIC-JQS platform, which included, “Expatriate Quota Management Module- EQ, TWP & Exchange Program, Tender Management Module, NCEC Management Module, Marine Vessel Management Module, and Whistle Blower Module.”

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NLNG’s Bonny Plant Still In Operation

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NLNG Refutes Online Publication By Nigerian Daily

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) confirms that operations at its plant on Bonny Island are still active despite a Force Majeure declared in October 2022 and feed gas supply challenges.

The plant continues to produce LNG and LPG commensurate to the feed gas it receives from its upstream gas suppliers.

In addition to ensuring steady operation, NLNG remains committed to its culture of transparency and maintains consistent communication with key stakeholders on developments in the upstream sector.

The company is closely monitoring the resolution of supply challenges by all relevant parties.

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Shell, Milieudefensie To Pay €15 Million Compensation To N’Delta Farmers Over Oil Spills

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Industry Regulator Applauds Shell For Investing In Nigerian Gas Infrastructure

SHELL AND MILIEUDEFENSIE SETTLE LONG-RUNNING CASE OVER OIL SPILLS IN NIGERIA

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Following the judgments of the Court of Appeal of The Hague on 29 January 2021, Shell and Milieudefensie have negotiated a settlement for the benefit of the communities of Oruma, Goi, and Ikot Ada Udo in Nigeria, impacted by four oil spills that occurred between 2004 and 2007.

The settlement is on a no-admission of liability basis, and settles all claims and ends all pending litigation related to the spills. Under the settlement, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), as operator of the SPDC joint venture, will pay an amount of EUR 15 million for the benefit of the communities and the individual claimants.

An independent expert has confirmed that SPDC, as operator of the SPDC joint venture, has installed a leak detection system on the 20” lines that form the KCTL Pipeline in compliance with the judgment of the Court of Appeal of The Hague, the Netherlands.

The parties agree that remediation has been completed and certified by relevant regulatory agencies in Nigeria in accordance with Nigerian law. The parties agree this also follows from the judgments of the Court of Appeal.

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Nigerian Gas Association Elects NLNG General Counsel And Company Secretary, Aka Nwokedi, Others As 2023-2024 Executive

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Nigerian Gas Association Elects NLNG General Counsel And Company Secretary, Aka Nwokedi, Others As 2023-2024 Executive

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Aka Nwokedi, General Counsel/ Company Secretary of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) and former MD of NLNG Ship Management Limited (NSML), has emerged as President-Elect of the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), leading the Executive Council to pilot and steer the affairs of the gas industry association for the next two years.

The election was conducted on 15th December 2022 as part of the Annual General Meeting of the Association which was held in Lagos.

Nigerian Gas Association Elects NLNG General Counsel And Company Secretary, Aka Nwokedi, Others As 2023-2024 Executive
Akachukwu Nwokedi, NLNG General Counsel And Company Secretary.

Aka Nwokedi who is a long-standing active member of the Association was the 1st Vice President before emerging as President-Elect. He has also over the years occupied several positions in the Association namely Legal Advisor, Secretary General, and Chairman, NGA Conference Committee.

The newly elected Executive Council will formally assume office during the Association’s International Conference which will hold in April 2023.

The NGA set up in 1999 is the umbrella professional body of the gas industry responsible for leading advocacy, promotion, and protection of the interest of the gas industry and players in Nigeria. 

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