27 September 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos — President Muhammed Buhari on Monday appointed Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote as the substantive Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
His appointment, alongside 12 other chief executives for Federal agencies was announced in a statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Bolaji Adebiyi.
Before his appointment, Wabote, who hails from Brass in Bayelsa State was the General Manager, Business and Government Relations, Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria Limited and member of the company’s Board.
Prior to that role, he served as the Local Content Manager, Shell C&P Global and had the responsibility to develop Local Content Strategy for Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) Upstream, and Downstream operation in addition to ensuring implementation for business outcomes.
His job functions also included development of local procurement strategy, local and international partnership development strategy, cross-functional team management and the alignment of global supply chains with local supply chains in countries like Nigeria, Gabon, Brunei, Oman, Kazakhstan, Australia, Iraq, Qatar, Jordan, Americas, USA and new frontier countries for Shell.
He was appointed to the role after a creditable performance as the General Manager, Nigerian Content Development, Shell Nigeria.
An experienced Oil and Gas professional with proven track record in Engineering, Supply Chain, Stakeholders management, Local Business Development and General Management, Wabote has over 20 years top-flight experience in International, Multinational and National business environment. He is also a Change Management Agent with well-developed ability to manage change and implement strategic business models.
A graduate of Civil Engineering and holder of a Master of Science Degree in Corporate Governance from Leeds Metropolitan University, in the United Kingdom, Wabote has managed lots of major Civil Projects in the Oil and Gas Industry and managed the External Affairs portfolio for SPDC. He has also supervised the construction of roads and various drilling locations for Shell, served as Head of Civil Engineering East for SPDC, Project Manager for the Development of Osubi Airstrip Development, National Assembly Relations Adviser for Shell and Managed the development of Community/Nigeria Contractors to provide services to the Oil and Gas Industry.
He takes over from, Mr. Patrick Daziba Obah – the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics – who functioned as the Acting Executive Secretary following the removal of Mr. Denzil Amagbe Kentebe in February 2016.