The fair tagged "Advancing Indigenous Participation in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry for National Development," held at the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The summit had in attendance the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, who in his remarks indicated that the fair was organized to showcase opportunities in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas Industry.
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State challenged multinational oil companies to show more commitment to capacity development and technology transfer in their course of operations in the country.
He further appealed for approval to access the Nigerian Content Development Fund, reasoning that this was important in view of the impending partnership of the state with some European firms for a skill development center that will not just provide oil and gas training, but also provide medium engineering training.
The Secretary Local Content and Monitoring Board Engr. Simbi Wabote, said that the choice of Akwa Ibom for the maiden edition of the fair is appropriate considering the fact that the state is the largest producer of crude oil in the country. He noted that the fair would provide opportunities for multinational companies to link up and utilize opportunities in the oil and gas Industry, as well as provide avenues for the Nigerian government to strategize towards exploiting available opportunities in the oil and gas Industry.
The platform enabled EM to showcase its rich credentials as a leader in the development of local content in the Nigeria oil and gas industry. Paul McGrath was accompanied to the summit by Udom Inoyo, executive director, Human Resources and other company management personnel.
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