Oil, gas  industry content development Act: There’s need to strengthen enforcement powers, EFCC urges NCDMB

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By Joseph Bamigboye

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commisson (EFCC) has urged the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on the need to strengthen enforcement powers in compliance with the provision of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act of 2010.

One of the Directors at the legal department of the EFCC, Mrs Chinwe Ndubeze, expressed this  at the  NCDMB’s sensitization workshop for law enforcement agencies in Nigeria on Wednesday.

Speaking on enforcement, investigation and prosecution on non-compliance with the provisions of the NOGICD Act, 2010, Chinwe said “NCDMB lacks enforcement and prosecutorial powers. Its functions are mostly administrative, thus there is a clear need for the Board to collaborate with law enforcement agencies with requisite powers, for realisation of functions.

“The need to develop Nigerian content cannot be overemphasized. There is need to strengthen the enforcement powers of the Board.

“EFCC is open to collaborative efforts with the Board towards the realization of that goal.

“EFCC is empowered by its establishment Act to collaborate with other agencies to check economic and financial crimes in Nigeria.”

On the collaboration between the Nigerian Customs Service  (NCS) and NCDMB  for local content practice sustainability, the legal service, NCS, Mr Smart Amande said “this forum is a welcome opportunity to highlight the possible union between the Nigerian Customs and the NCDMB with regards to development of Nigerian Content in the oil and gas sector.  “As a critical stakeholder in the economic development of this great nation, the Nigerian Customs Service is totally committed to a strong synergy and collaboration with agencies of government in areas of common interest for Nation building.