Mudiame Int’l to boost local content, human capacity with N98b

 
Wed Jul 11th, 2018 - Abuja (FCT)
 

Over N98 billion ($273 million) will be expended on strengthening local content and human capacity development in the country, especially in the oil and gas sector, by a Nigerian firm, Mudiame International Limited.

Speaking in Abuja yesterday, Managing Director of the company, Sunny Eromosele said there was need for the country, especially the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to focus on bridging the huge gap in local content, especially technological know-how instead of investing in modular refineries.

As part of the investment, which spans for a period of 10-years, Eromosele said the firm, an ISO 17025 accredited Nigerian based testing, calibration and inspection company, is at the verge of completing a university with primary focus on addressing human capacity challenges, which are hindering the growth of local content in the oil and gas and manufacturing sector in Nigeria.

Eromosele, who stated that Nigeria’s core challenge in the area of industry development was not unconnected to human capacity development and technology, said the NCDMB must focus on investing in technology, human capacity and general development of local content rather than bothering about investment in refinery.

He said the lack of infrastructure and technology to develop local content in the country remained one of the most critical challenges that are undermining efforts aimed at boosting indigenous participation in the oil and gas sector.

“The focus of the NCDMB is to build on human capacity development such that they will be able to prepare ahead of future projects and grow local content in Nigeria, identify areas of deficiencies and play a major role by ensuring that the gap is bridged. This is what they should focus on instead of deviating from their primary responsibility.

“As at today, Nigeria has only about 10 professionals with NDT level three. India has over 10, 000. Nigeria has about only 30 trained oil and gas-welding engineers, less than five welding specialists. Can Nigerians boast of designing and building the refineries? Laboratory should be invested on. Training centres should be invested on.

“This will not only provide support for oil sector but also help manufacturing industry to grow. As a country we need to invest in people who are able to take major roles in manufacturing to give maximum support to technology enhancement of oil and gas in Nigeria. We are investing about N98 billion into that.

“With our eyes kin on quality. we execute all various tests required ranging from mechanical destructive test to Non Destructive test (NDT), Civil test and Chemical Analysis . Our wide range of test with international Standard can be readily obtained in Nigeria instead of going oversees to perform such tests,” Eromosele said.

According to him, the company has been able to manage the issue of quality control in Nigeria.

He said: “As a company leading in the aspect of quality control, we are investing in human capacity development. That is very important. The people need to be developed first. That is why we set up a wedding institute. We are not ending with that, to be able to capture the sector better, we are setting up a university. We are going to have an industry-based university that will support the oil and gas and manufacturing industry.”

While countries across the world have specific standards, the quality control expert stated that the country does not have a standard of it own that operators could be compelled to work with.

Eromosele said: “India has standard, China has and Germany has standard but Nigeria do not have a standard and that is the bone of contention. Most projects have specifications but if we do not have standards, operators will be force to come with their own standards because we do not have professionals. As long as this continues, the frustration would always be there. The operators come with the intention to repatriate their money back to their countries, so what Nigeria needs to do is to continue to support local content,” he said.

“Most of the companies are compelled to set up training institutes. But what do they do, instead of strengthening existing institutions in the country; they come up with their training institutes for the purpose of repatriating the money back to their countries. They have no good intentions; their institutions are not certificated so they give you certificates that are not transferable to other projects. As long as that is the people, the people will not be able to improve.”

Though Eromosele lauded government effort in ensuring that local content development stays in the oil and gas sector, he insisted that investment in human capacity development has been lacking.

“The focus of the NCDMB is to build on human capacity development such that they will be able to prepare ahead of future projects and grow local content in Nigeria, identify areas of deficiencies and play a major role by ensuring that the gap is bridged. This is what they should focus on instead of deviating from their primary responsibility.

For local content to develop in Nigeria, he said: “We need to build the institutions. The laws have to be very strict and implementation must be comprehensive. When there is no compromise then we can continue to move,” he added

Eromosele noted that works are already at the verge of completion at the proposed university; Mudiame University, located in Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State located.

He decried lack of government support for the organisation, adding that the efforts of the company has not be appreciated as most requests made to the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) remained unattended to for years.

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source: Vanguard