By Abdussalam Amoo
The President of the Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria (OGTAN), Afe Mayowa has said that the lack of conviction in Nigerian-owned enterprises is affecting the full implementation of the local content law.
He expressed this while speaking with Nigerian NewsDirect in Lagos over the weekend. Afe noted that since the Local Content Act was passed in 2010, the association’s members have enjoyed the full support of the government in terms of encouraging an enabling environment for their role.
The Act allows Nigerian companies to be able to have the capacity to carry out contracts efficiently like foreign counterparts dominating the oil and gas sector. It also requires foreign companies to source their manpower and training within the country towards increasing indigenous participation in the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector.
According to him, the role of OGTAN as the education and training arm under the Nigerian Content Monitoring and Development Board (NCMDB) is mainly about developing capacity within the country. The group is mandated to conduct trainings and set standards for capacity building locally.
He also acknowledged that some level of distrust within the local content system is because some local trainers have, in the past absconded with clients’ money without delivering on assignment but said that the association has been top of pressurizing members to deliver on assignments they are given.