Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson has eulogized the federal government for building a 17-story state-of-the-art secretariat of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The governor said this while speaking as guest of honour at the just concluded 2-day programme tagged Nigerian Oil and Gas Opportunities Fair NOGOF 2019 organized by NCDMB at its new secretariat in Yenagoa.
He particularly thanked the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and the Executive Secretary NCDMB, Simbi Wabote for working towards the completion of the secretariat.
Describing Bayelsa as the cradle of oil and gas business in Nigeria, the governor called on oil companies operating in the state to relocate their offices to Yenagoa.
He also sued for more environmental and economic inclusion in the oil and gas sector to tackle environmental degradation and unemployment in the Niger Delta.
In his remarks, Kachikwu identified the celebration of mediocrity as the reason why the country was yet to make appreciable progress in the oil and gas industry, stating that the country should have been producing four million barrels of crude oil but was now producing two million.
The minister called on participants at the conference to see the programme as an avenue for sober reflection on why the industry was still grappling with underdevelopment and dominated by expatriates, urging Nigerians to exploit opportunities in the sector.
In his welcome address, Wabote expressed joy over the hosting of NOGOF in Yenagoa since the inception of the board.
He enjoined youths of the Niger Delta and Nigeria at large to maximize the numerous opportunities in the oil and gas industry by facing their education and learning relevant trades so as to be useful in the industry.
The first executive secretary of NCDMB, Earnest Nwapa and the representative of the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, Dr. Baru Mikanti were among those who delivered goodwill messages at the conference.