NCDMB, Fed mins of Justice partnership yields good results. By, Ikenna Odionye.

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The collaboration between the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring-Board (NCDMB) and the Federal Ministry of Justice has yielded excellent results.

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote stated this during a workshop organized by NCDMB for staff of the Ministry of Justice in Abuja recently, as the two organizations were already working in a joint effort to deepen the existing collaboration to ensure effective implementation of Nigerian Content initiatives.

Wabote noted that such results include the Federal Ministry of Justice’s approval of fait for the prosecution of persistent defaulters of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act and the support for the establishment of Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) to enable the Board’s partnerships and commercial interventions.

He also said that the Ministry’s review of the Draft Nigerian Content Ministerial Regulations and the Board’s sponsorship of capacity building workshops for judicial officers is part of the benefits of the cooperation.

The NCDMB boss further emphasized the need to work with Ministry of Justice to ensure that the NCDMB delivers on its mandate.

”If we don’t work with the Ministry to understand what with do, it will be difficult for them to support us,” Wabote said.

According to him, the NCDMB had Board had organized similar workshops with the Nigerian Customs, Justices of the Supreme, Appeal and High Courts, with the intent of improving their understanding of the Nigerian Content Act, so as to get their cooperation.

He called for additional support from the Ministry in securing fait to prosecute those who fail to comply with the NOGICD Act and establishment of new SPVs for the Board’s projects.

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