Oil Chief urges Legislators to pass PIB

The National Assembly has once again been urged to put up courage against all odds and pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to law, to revive the stagnant petroleum sector.

The Chairman, Global Oceon Engineering Nigeria Limited, Mr. Vincent Ebuh made this call during a ceremony to receive an international award on quality management system from Bureau Veritas in Lagos recently.

Ebuh, who described the company’s feat as an indication of a growing local industry, said that the oil and gas industry would flourish if the PIB were passed into law.

“For this generation to leave a lasting legacy for the future, we need to act now. Nigeria must come to terms that nobody can develop this country for us except Nigerians themselves. Let us therefore leave out names in the history book.

It is not just courage that matters, but the courage you put into life, so I am urging the National Assembly to put courage into life and pass the PIB,” he said.

Commenting on the ISO 9001:2008 certification on Quality Management System by Bureau Veritas, Ebuh said that certification was an affirmation that the Nigeria’s drive to develop local content was actually working, and a proof of promise delivered.

“Five short years ago, I told the world that we could start an engineering design company that would deliver work at a standard of quality that will be comparable with that found in any developed country in the world. I said that we would employ Nigerians and would grow them to do what their counterparts were doing elsewhere in the world. It sounded like it was ambitious to even think it was possible given the lack of skills that many International Oil Companies (IOCs) said was evident in Nigeria. This ISO 9001:2008 certification by Bureau Veritas is therefore confirmation that we have delivered.”

Acknowledging the contributions of its technical partner, Subsea 7, the chairman said: “Oceon means a lot to us. It is more than just an engineering design company. It is a vehicle for growing indigenous participation in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. It is a company for developing leaders in engineering that will position Nigeria on the global stage. We are very pleased that we have started, and we want to assure you that we will not stop. We will continue to provide you the industry with quality services that you can rely on and trust.”

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Ernest Nwapa, however, applauded the firm for the certification and enjoined other Nigerian firms to emulate the feat.

Nwapa, who was represented by The General Manager NCDMB, Mr. Chizoke Okorie, said: “They have done well, they deserve the certification and this is a symbol of encouragement for Nigerian companies.”

The Managing Director of the company, Mr. Seun Faluyi said that the company had significantly invested in human capital development to achieve the milestone.

“Our major investment is in people, particularly building Nigerian engineers and I can be bold today to tell you that we have a crop of very young talented Nigerians, in fact, they are the best in the world.”

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