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Viewpoint: Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board and its new leadership


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By Adekunle ologunlado

Nigerians should commend President Bola Tinubu for scouting for a seasoned professional to help stabilize the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) at this critical time, because an effective NCDMB will in the long run contribute to the needed economic growth, by promoting local production through partnership.

Charged with the duty of institutionalising local content in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector, the new Executive Secretary Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe who hails from Warri, Delta State is an experienced Russian-trained engineer with Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction Management respectively.

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With over 38 years of experience in oil and gas operations in Nigeria and local content operations, onshore and offshore, LNG, water drilling, treatment and storage facilities, and civil, building, and dredging engineering, among others, Engineer Ogbe worked at Chevron Corporation, where he held top positions in Nigeria and overseas, before retiring voluntarily in June 2014, to venture into private business.

While at Chevron Nigeria Limited, Ogbe served as Construction Services Group Superintendent (Escravos-Warri) and was responsible for field construction services requirements to support the company operations.

He equally served as Offshore Projects Manager at Chevron. In this role, he was responsible for all the Engineering designs, Planning and execution of maintenance works, and installation of new facilities to support productions in Chevron Nigeria Limited offshore locations.

Other positions he held in Chevron include Construction Manager (Lagos and Escravos-Warri), Escravos Gas Project (EGP-3B), where he was responsible for the fabrication and installation of various sizes of pipelines/flowlines in offshore and onshore locations in the Niger Delta.

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In his early years, he served as Construction Superintendent responsible for Engineering Designs and Construction requirements and also worked as the Cost Control Engineer, in addition to being responsible for all Facility Engineering Division Projects’ cost controls, budgeting, and cash calls.

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His exploits were not limited to Nigeria and Africa, as he also operated in the large port city of Busan in South Korea, as well as the United States of America, where he worked in the Conceptions, Engineering Designs, Project and Construction Management to Commissioning Phases of projects.

Ogbe is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, the Council of Registered Engineers, and American Institute of Civil Engineers.

Mr adekunle ologunlado write from Lagos

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