Keynote Address: Consolidating Nigerian Content Successes and Outlining the Strategy for Increased National Capacity Over the Next Five Years
Simbi WaboteExecutive SecretaryNigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board
Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board
Engr. Simbi K. Wabote was appointed as the Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) on the 29th of September 2016. Prior to his appointment he was an Executive Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Nigeria Limited and the General Manager Business and Government Relations for Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN).
Engr. Wabote joined Shell in September 1991 as an Oil and gas Engineer after a short stint with the Banking industry in Nigeria.
Prior to taking up his role as an Executive Director of Shell, he had served Shell in various senior positions within and outside the country in Engineering, Contracting & Procurement, External Affairs and Community Affairs Directorates. As Head of Civil engineering in Shell Eastern Division, he was responsible for major key civil engineering projects for the company, including the Shell Osubi airport in Warri Delta State Nigeria. He served as the National Assembly Relations Adviser to Shell and was the General Manager, Local Content Development, of Shell Exploration Production Company in Nigeria (SEPCiN). He was responsible for the development of Royal Dutch Shell’s local content strategy and framework and supervised Shell Local Content implementation across several countries including Nigeria, Gabon, Brunei, Oman, Kazakhstan, Australia, Iraq, Qatar, Jordan, USA and new frontier countries for Shell.
Simbi holds an MSc from Leeds Metropolitan University, Graduate of Civil Engineering from Rivers State University of Science and Technology Port Harcourt and a graduate of INSEAD group leadership programme. He is also a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a COREN Registered engineer and a member Institute of Civil Engineers London.
As the Executive Secretary, NCDMB his new assignment is to steer strategic National programs being implemented by the Board to build capacity and domicile industry activities within Nigeria. He is expected to bring his global experience to bear in re-engineering the Board’s business processes to achieve maximum impact on Nigerian Content development.
10:00 - 10:30
Keynote Address: Vision for Nigerian Content that Spurred the Development of the Nigerian Content Development Act
Senator Lee MaebaFormer Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources – UpstreamFederal Republic of Nigeria
Senator Lee Maeba
Former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources – Upstream
Federal Republic of Nigeria
10:30 - 10:45
Chike OnyejekweGMD, Exploration & ProductionAiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company
GMD, Exploration & Production
Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company
Chike is the Group Managing Director of Aiteo Production and Development Company Limited. He graduated from University of Nigeria Nsukka as a Geologist and has extensive knowledge, depth and breath of experience in the Oil and Gas industry within and outside Nigeria, mainly in areas which include Exploration and Development activities (covering Geological evaluations, Seismic Interpretation/Prospects maturation; Field reviews/studies and Field Development Plans, Project Planning and Executions; Asset Management and General Operations. Chike has occupied Leadership and Senior management positions spanning over 30 years in the oil and gas industry.
He was Managing Director of SNEPCo (Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company), a position where he was responsible for Deep Water Oil and Gas development and Production activities in addition to managing various external, commercial, contractual, technical and reputational issues with stakeholders, Partners and Government
Chike is an alumnus of Ashridge Business School London and Wharton School of Business USA. Within his career years, he was privileged to work and operate both under the JV and PSC contract terms.
Dele Aikhionbare attended the University of Benin where he obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Electrical & Electronics) in 1986. Dele has 27 years of industry experience and has worked in the past in Australia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Dele has occupied the following positions in the past in WesternGeco: Global Land Operations Training Manage, Multiclient Asset Development Manager for Africa, and Regional Manager for West Africa.
Obinna OfiliGeneral Manager - Finance and AccountsNigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board
General Manager - Finance and Accounts
Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board
Mr. Obinna Ofili, the General Manager, Finance & Accounts Division holds a Higher National Diploma in Business Administration & Management from Federal Polytechnic Idah, where he emerged as the best graduating student. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Port Harcourt and a Master’s degree in Banking & Finance from University of Ibadan. In addition, Mr. Ofili is a part-time Doctoral candidate in Financial Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a United Kingdom-certified Project Manager with PRINCE2 honours.
He has worked as a lecturer, consultant, analyst and banker, spanning four different banks.
In the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Ofili has performed functions relating to various aspects of Finance & Accounts, including seamless handling of Treasury operations, the Nigerian Content Development Fund as well as vastly improving the overall efficiency of the Division.
He has been instrumental in streamlining the financial operations of the Board and devising strategies that optimized the Board’s finances. He handled the transition of the Board’s accounts to GIFMIS and Treasury Single Account (TSA) with commendable ease, which ensured that the Board’s financial operations were never disrupted.
Mr. Ofili has developed very cordial relationships with stakeholders both within and outside the Board, including Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Budget Office of the Federation, Central Bank of Nigeria, various commercial banks, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Bayelsa State Board of Internal Revenue, Federal Pay Office and the consortium of external auditors, among others, which has vastly enhanced the Board’s working relationship with these institutions.
Mr. Ofili has also served in various Committees in the Board, including Review of 1% Remittances, Operating Model for the two Special Purpose Vehicles established by the Board (NCD Fund Limited/Gte and NCDMB Capacity Development Limited/Gte) of which he is nominated as a Director, Technical Bids Evaluation Committee, Review of Payment Guidelines, Accounting Manual, Audit Manual, among others. He also oversees the Secretariat of the NCDF Advisory Committee.
Austin Uzoka is a Chartered Engineer with vast oil and gas experience spanning over 24 years both as contractor and in the upstream business. He has worked for blue chip contractors and operators. In his current role, he has been at the core of Shell’s Local Content Development in the last 10 years supporting the company’s vision, strategy and growth. He was a Secondee to the start-up committee of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board after passage of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act in 2010.
In Gabon, He supported the delivery of a Shell Gabon Local Content Policy and drove the First ever National Oil & Gas Forum in Gabon. This was well received by all stakeholders including government Ministers and the Prime Minister. That marked the beginning of local content in Gabon.
Austin has a passion for import substitution to creating a true local content for the industry and to promote some Capacity Development Initiatives (CDI) on new businesses and product development as alternatives that will support compliance with the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act some of which are; formulation and development of local materials such as Stud Bolts and Nuts , Production chemicals, Anodes and so on and currently working to develop alternatives with the University of Ibadan and Uniport for local sources of drilling fluids.
Austin is well experienced in collaboration and has used his trainings at Harvard and MIT to facilitate strong partnerships and the establishment of a Shell/ UKTI partnership since 2009; a model now adopted in Kazakhstan and Iraq. He is also a champion of the deepening of the ‘ The Global Nigerian’ initiative.
Norbert C. Oleah is a dynamic goal getter and pace setter with over 20 years of cognate experience in the field of Engineering Services, he is the Founding Chief Executive of Technova Africa Group (TAG) Limited.
He started his career with Atlantic Oil Company Limited as a student-marketer in 1994. Two years after, he joined Automobile Doctors Inc. as a Marketing/Business Development Executive and rose to Business Services Manager in 2000, a position he occupied up until 2002.
In 2003, Engr. Norbert was appointed the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SafetyCom Global Systems Limited an Occupational Safety, Health, Environment and Engineering (OSHEE) Services Company.
He grew SafetyCom to become arguably the largest OSHEE Company by market share after which he resigned in 2008 to found Technova Africa Group (TAG).
Engr. Oleah sits on the board of a few companies amongst which are; Technova Coating Facility Nigeria Limited (TCFNL), Technova Pipe mill Nigeria Limited (TPNL), Technova Construction Nigeria Limited (TCNL), Technova Energy Nigeria Limited (TENL), Technova Pipeline Systems Limited and Protege Oil and Gas Limited, Technova Energy East Africa Limited - Uganda (TEEAL).
He is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the Prestigious University of Lagos, Nigeria.
How has the lower oil price impacted Nigerian Content growth?
What strategies can stakeholder adopt to secure continued Nigerian Content Growth?
What key challenges must be addressed to position the industry for future rebound?
How can the Nigerian Content Development Fund be harnessed to enhance capacity development and prepare indigenous players for the next oil boom?
What plans are in place to increase collaboration between industry and academia to further develop R&D facilities for the oil and gas industry?
Can steps be taken to consolidate R&D efforts across the industry to maximise investment and resources?
12:00 - 12:30
Networking Coffee Break
12:30 - 13:15
2: Creating an Enabling Environment for Nigerian Content Development & Growth
Hon. Emmanuel EkonChairman - House Committee on Local ContentNational Assembly - Federal Republic of Nigeria
Taofik Adegbite as the Chief Executive Officer of Marine Platforms is charged with overall responsibility of strategy formulation, performance monitoring and Improvement for the company. Prior to his assumption of the role of Chief Executive Officer, he was the Director of Strategy and Business Development.
He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computer Science from the University of Ibadan, a certificate in Strategy & Organization Management from the London School of Economics and he is a graduate of Harvard Business School OPM 44.
Taofik started his career with Agricultural Project Monitoring & Evaluation Unit, (World Bank Project). He later proceeded to the UK where he bagged his Cisco certification and worked on contract with NHS (Hammersmith Hospital) as an IT Engineer.
Akintunde AdelanaDirector - Monitoring & EvaluationNigerian Content Development Monitoring Board
Godwin Barika is the General Manager, Nigerian Content in Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria since February, 2015 till date. Godwin was responsible for the following International assignments from August, 1999 to September, 2007 in Pau, France:
Worked in the North Sea, UK sector on the elf 4th round asset comprising Piper B, Saltire and the Claymore
Drilled various wells in the Alkalij field of Total, Qatar including the famous Alkhalij 19 record breaking longest horizontal well (at the time) using 1st test run of the Schlumberger power drive rotary steerable system; deployed several 1st generation tools including the fibre optic and intelligent completions.
Commissioned the Transocean trident 20 superclass jack-up rig in the Azerbaijan part of the Caspian sea and drilled the first total Talish exploration well.
He held the position of JV Onshore Drilling Manager in 2007 and Deputy General Manager, JV Drilling and completions in Total Exploration & Production, Nigeria limited. Total headquarters drilling/completion champion in blow-out prevention and drillsafe audit in the methods team based in pau, France from 2013 to 2015;
Performed audits in France, Gabon, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, North Sea UK sector and Papua New Guinea.
Godwin Barika graduated in Mechanical Engineering from university of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt and further obtained a post graduate diploma from the same university.
Tunde ElesinVice President - DevelopmentDeltaAfrik Engineering Ltd
Vice President - Development
DeltaAfrik Engineering Ltd
Tunde Elesin has literally built his entire executive career on the definition of entrepreneur even before the term came into common use. Tunde has high energy and passion for achievements; He consistently turns business prospects into projects. He is a fiscally conscious and goal-driven Business Development executive who approaches each new business challenge with his intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving and measured risk-taking to drive consistent bottom-line improvements and company returns. He has addressed several large business conventions and is personally responsible for negotiating 10 of the largest projects won by DeltaAfrik Engineering Limited. He manages diverse team of well-trained, competent professionals to be responsive to customer’s need as well as business objectives. He is a team player who is dynamic, practical and a hands-on leader with excellent negotiating, and interpersonal relationship skills.
Nonye is a seasoned lawyer with over 16 years’ experience in regulatory and commercial law having worked with regulator in the UK and has also done a placement with the NCDMB. She has also worked as a Commercial Consultant. She is currently in charge of handling all aspects of Nigerian Content for Ponticelli Nigeria Limited. She was called to the Nigerian bar in 2000 and is also admitted as a Solicitor for England & Wales. She graduated from the faculty of law University of Benin in 1999 and took a master’s degree in International Economic law from the University of Warwick in 2003.
Maintaining investment into Nigerian Content initiatives while reducing cost to remain profitable within the current business environment
What regulations are being developed to support Nigerian Content guidelines
How important are enforcement regulations to Nigerian Content implementation?
How will the relevant MDAs align processes to increase cooperation and further Nigerian Content implementation?
To what length is the NCDMB collaborating with the industry to develop an effective monitoring framework for Nigerian Content implementation?
How can industry stakeholders; government, industry and host communities, further collaborate to maximise investment into Nigerian Content implementation?
What lessons have been learned in the upstream sector that can utilised in preparation for growth in the downstream sector?