NCDMB excited as indigenous firm marks accident-free- #2m. – man-hours in Rivers

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By Philip Ezuma, P/ Harcourt

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), has expressed its excitement over an uncommon safety feat achieved by an indiginous engineering firm in Rivers State, clinching over two million man-hours free of accidents and other safety concerns

It was learnt that the company achieved the feat in October, 2023 following concerted efforts and adherence to international safety protocols, ensuring that it staff operate in a safe work environment, devoid of personnel injuries on site.

Speaking during a site visit and facility tour of the company, MG Vowgas Limited on Thursday by

NCDMB and other oil and gas industry players and stakeholders, the Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote, NCDMB, stated that the company achieved the feat in October, 2023.

Wabote, who was represented by the board’s Manager, Stakeholders Engagement and Government Relations, Mofe Megbele, said despite achieving the safety feat, the company’s technological advancement was helping in mitigating the oil and gas industry fabrication and engineering challenges within the country.

He said, “The last time we came here was for the commissioning of the heat treatment furnace and the dish-head forming machine.

“MG Vowgas mentioned that for this year they have done two million man hours without any injury or incidents and this was in October, we are here now again in December and that record has been built on, so it’s an improvement.

“Meaning that from that time up till now, there has not been any case of injury or accident and they are building on the accident free man hours that they have already achieved as at when we were here in October, so that’s an achievement and improvement.

Wabote, maintained that the facility tour was part of the board’s efforts in linking the oil and gas industry players in Nigeria to brainstorm on latest technologies and ideas to solve challenges facing it.

“Today, we are on a site visit and facility tour at MG Vowgas Limited. This visit is part of a programme, a conference which closed out yesterday, starting from Monday the 4th, called Practical Nigerian Content. It is a programme by the board of NCDMB to bring oil and gas stakeholders together, the oil companies themselves both international and indigenous oil producing as well.

“It is a programme where the oil players, oil companies and the contractors, the service providers come together to brainstorm in developing the sector. If there are new innovations or ideas in the oil and gas sector, everybody comes together and say what they know. It is just a way of robbing minds and interacting on ways to develop the oil and gas sector.”

Speaking earlier, the Managing Director, Godwin Izomor, MG Vowgas, who was represented by the General Manager, Government and external Relations, Mr Anthony Obilo, commended NCDMB for boosting indiginous local expertise in the oil and gas industry, added that MG Vowgas would continue to add to the growth and development of the oil and gas industry.

“Again, I commend the efforts and commitment of the board of NCDMB under the able leadership of Engr. Simbi Wabote in driving indigenous local expertise in the oil and gas industry which have now become a role model for other African countries to emulate and copy.

“We assure you that we’ll continue to contribute significantly to the growth and development of local Content in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria and beyond.

“Our believe is that, haven seen this, they would take the news and spread it and we trust God that in couple of years, we shall start seeing the dividends. We’ll get to that point where oil and gas companies in Nigeria would not take their fabrication outside the country, why because if you take it outside the country it would be delayed, but they would come here because they have seen our processes how efficient it is, as per schedule, as per quality.

“Our belief is that what they have seen would be transferred to purchase orders and at the end, it is for the good of Nigeria, the more we are generating this revenue here, the better for Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, the General Manager, Projects and Infrastructure, MG Vowgas, Engr. Okorie Joseph Chidiebere revealed that over 90 per cent of its workforce were Nigerians, adding that teamwork and staff creativity were their distinguishing factors.

“For us at MG Vowgas, it has been a journey of a Nigerian that started from the cradles and the story of Nigerians that are doing great things. Why do I say this, 99% of our workforce are basically Nigerians and all the things you see here are being done by Nigerians with little or no foreign interference.

“We’ve been able to build a team that makes us outstanding, our MD puts the people first in everything.

“As we are speaking, we just sent some of our engineers to Australia, some to India to go and acquire more skills, so by developing the capacity of our people, it has a direct way of developing what we are doing here.

“So we’ve been able to use Nigerians to build this empire, because we believe in our people, trust in them and we allow them to be creative. So that is what we are celebrating here, Nigerians creativity.” ###.