19 August 2014, Sweetcrude, Houston – The Kenya Government has moved to emulate Nigeria and entrench a Local Content policy in their extractive industry.
Managers of the industry in the eastern African country took this move when they convened the Oil and Energy Local Content Convention in Nairobi recently and invited the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Ernest Nwapa to share the Nigerian experience and help them design local content policies and guidelines.
The convention was organized by the Oil and Energy Services Limited in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy and was in furtherance of the visit of the Kenyan President and his delegation to Nigeria in May 2014 to advance Kenya-Nigeria Partnership.
In January 2014, the Government of Congo Brazzaville also invited NCDMB to help it put in place policies on national content, privatization and commercialization.
The invitations to the NCDMB by African countries follows several commendations it has received within the country.
Last month, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke confirmed that the Federal Government was pleased with the contributions of Nigerian Content to the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to her, “we are all extremely pleased at the Federal level with the various achievements this Board has recorded within this period of time. It is quite clear from our various movements particularly when we go to international fora and see the numbers of Nigerians that are now exhibiting the services they deliver to the industry. It is progressing robustly every year and going from strength to strength. Within Nigeria, the success of Nigerian Content is incredible.”
The Minister also underscored the adoption of the Nigerian Content philosophy by other sectors of the economy like the Ministry of Communications Technology and Ministry of Power as further proof that the implementation of the Act has been effective.
Recently, the Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo also commended NCDMB on the achievements it recorded with the implementation of the Nigerian Content Act in the past four years, noting that managers of the power sector were desirous of replicating similar successes for the benefit of the economy.