30 January 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja — Despite the significant drop in the price of crude oil, an indigenous welding company, Mudiame International Limited, recently commissioned an ultra-modern laboratory, a move that has shown the company’s commitment to the development of Nigerian Content.
The new laboratory will enable the company carry out destructive and non-destructive testing, corrosion and metallurgy testing and calibration services. Other services will include inspection services, comprehensive chemical and material analysis.
The company also graduated a batch of welders trained at its institute which is affiliated to the International Institute of Welders, IIW.
Speaking at the event, held in Port Harcourt, River State, the Managing Director of the company, Mr. Sunny Eboh stated that the quality of the instruction imparted to the trainees was comparable to what would be obtained from top welding institutes around the world, adding that the trainees were awarded the International Welding Engineers certificates which are internationally acceptable.
In his comments, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Mr. Denzil Kentebe commended Mudiame Limited for initiating and completing the training programme, noting that an appreciable number of operating and service companies had begun to organise capacity building programmes for youths in their operations or in areas with significant skill gaps.
He stressed that such initiatives affirm that stakeholders in the oil and gas industry had imbibed the philosophy of the Nigerian Content Act and were determined to imbue young Nigerians with the capacity to execute job scopes which were hitherto considered complex and had to be performed by expatriates or exported abroad.
The Executive Secretary who was represented by the Manager, Capacity Building, Engr. Frank Ibi also explained that such capacity building initiatives in the oil and gas industry were in tandem with the drive of President Muhammed Buhari’s administration to create jobs for the nation’s teaming youths.
He also expressed delight that most of the equipment owned by Mudiame were manufactured in Nigeria, remarking that the Nigerian Content policy was achieving outstanding results.
He further charged the trainees to use their newly acquired skills to make a living for themselves and contribute to the promotion of Nigerian Content and advancement of the economy.
In his goodwill message, President of the Nigerian Institute of Welders (NIW) Mr. Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri confirmed that the Mudiame Welding Institute was internationally certified and the certificates awarded to the trainees would enable them work in any oil and gas jurisdiction around the world.