Port Harcourt — The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, has announced the suspension of its 10th year anniversary celebrations, which was slated to hold April 22nd 2020, as a result of the ravaging corona virus pandemic.
NCDMB, established by the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act, came into effect on April 22, 2010, under then President Goodluck Jonathan.
The key goals of the Board, as enshrined in the NOGICD Act, include, to integrate oil producing communities into the oil and gas value chain; maximize participation of Nigerians in oil and gas activities; link oil and gas sector to other sectors of the economy, etc.
Speaking, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, disclosed that a number of activities were already lined up to commemorate the event.
Wabote, however, said as a result of the increasing number of confirmed corona virus cases in the country, the 10th year commemoration has been put on hold till further notice.
“The 10 year anniversary of the enactment of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development, NOGICD Act 2010, and the establishment of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, falls due on April 22 this year.
“A number of activities had been lined to commemorate the watershed event.
“Due to the onset of the Coronavirus, especially with the recent spike in the number of confirmed cases, the 10 year anniversary celebration is put on hold until further notice.”