Reps direct oil and gas company to obtain local content approval

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According to reports, the House of Representatives on Thursday directed oil and gas companies seeking expatriate quota get approval from Nigeria Content Development Management Board (NCDMB) before application to the Ministry of Interior.

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The Chairman, House Committee on Local Content, Hon Emmanuel Ekon, gave the directive yesterday at a stakeholders meeting on expatriate quota for Oil and Gas companies in Nigeria.

Ekon who decried the violation of the Local Content Act by Oil and Gas companies operating in the country, said many companies in the Oil and Gas sector of the economy do not give full and fair opportunities to Nigerians.

He explained that the directive was imperative as a means of curbing persistent violation of the Local Content Act in the Oil and Gas industry with respect to expatriate quota approval. Adding that most companies does not have expatriate quota approvals for expatriates working in the companies.

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Ekon however urged the Federal Ministry of Interior and Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) to always demand to see a copy of the NCDMB’s approval before issuing or renewing expatriate quotas.

“Some of them have expatriates with no qualification or are not qualified to work in the industry. The provision for first consideration for employment and training is often ignored and many of them do not have offices in community of operations. Also training of Nigerians is very few as well as requirement for succession plan is often ignored,” he said.

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