The Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), has hailed the current leadership of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB), over its exploits in the oil and gas industry and commitments to building human capacity.
MOSIEND also congratulated the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, for his pragmatic leadership style in achieving so much in his first tenure, noting that his re-appointment was the best thing that has happened to the major stakeholders of the sector and the country at large.
Speaking on behalf of the group at a courtesy visit in the Yenagoa headquarters of NCDMB, President of MOSIEND, Comrade Kennedy Tonjo West, said one of the reasons for the visit was to intimate the board with some of the challenges confronting oil and gas host communities, meted on them by the the international oil companies (IOCs).
Highlighting some of the successes recorded by the leadership of NCDMB, West said:
“It was imperative to encourage those who are ensuring the sector achieve more positive goals, we commend you today so as to encourage you to achieve more by way of collaboration with other players and non-oil sector players”
He further stated that in terms of collaboration, the group has several programmes to help build a strong, focused and dynamic leadership within our locality that will advance our core objectives, not with guns and threats, but with jaw-jaw, dialogue and constructive engagement.
“Amongst our programmes and prospects for 2021 is to explore proactive and creative approach towards engaging corporate bodies, and government institutions to bring about 1000 employment and empowerment opportunities for our members and teeming youths”.
West said as a group, MOSIEND was ready to partner NCMDB to fast track development and employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths of the country, in line with the NCDMB’s vision to create 300,000 jobs opportunitires for Nigerians.
In his response, Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, who appreciated their commendations, assured the group of his Board’s willingness to collaborate with groups to achieve the capacity building of citizens as long as it conforms with the provisions of the act establishing it.
Wabote, who frowned at the manner of some youths in the region attend every available training with no results simply because of the financial benefits, said:
“We are not an intervention agency, and we will not derail to that point, some intervention agencies are suffering because a lot of persons meet them and get whatever they can get without any after-effect to either the economy or the human development”.
He said their doors are wide open to collaborate with MOSIEND as long as the programme is well articulated.
He charged MOSIEND to put its programme in the required perspective so both parties can work together anytime the opportunity presents itself.