Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva will on Thursday June 3, lead other high profile personalities for the 1st African Local Content Roundtable.
The two days event which has as its theme: “Fostering Local Content in Africa For Africans”, will hold at the Nigerian Content Tower in the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa.
A statement by the organizers, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), said the conference will herald the creation of a structured engagement platform among African countries to discuss local content and sustainability in hydrocarbon development.
According to the statement, the objective of the Pan-African engagement, is to institutionalize peer review mechanism among African oil-producing countries on local content, as a key development imperative for domestication and sustainable growth of Africa’s hydrocarbon resources.
Policy leaders like, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, Secretary-General African Petroleum Producers Association and others in the oil and gas sector, government, development agencies, and related sectors connected to the industry will be in attendance.
Meanwhile some ex-agitators have been arrested in Bayelsa for selling fake training forms for the upcoming NCDMB skill acquisition programme in the state.
The Chairman of the state chapter of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM), Boma Albert Kerekebunah disclosed this in a chat with newsmen in Yenagoa.
He said the ex-agitators were arrested by the police last weekend and wondered why they will embark on selling fake forms to unsuspecting members of the public when they were never mandated to do so by the NCDMB.
According to him, the NCDMB training is designed to empower youths on skills such as ICT, web design, photography, catering, facial makeover, paint production, events management, among others.