NCDMB’s to train 1,000 Youths onGSM Skills;Senate President flags off the scheme

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Thirty graduates have commenced post graduate diploma programme on marine survey under the sponsorship of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB). The kick-off ceremony was held recently at the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce, Amassoma, Bayelsa State and the programme will equip participants with techniques to measure the quantity and quality of products such as crude oil, premium motor spirit (PMS), automotive gas oil (AGO) etc. On graduation, the participants would also be able to perform proper measurement and documentation of the nation’s income from oil and gas production. 20 graduates are enrolled in Marine Survey Level (12months) while 10 graduates will be trained as Marine Survey Upgrade (6months). The classroom component of the training will hold concurrently at the Niger Delta University Entrepreneurship Centre in Bayelsa State and Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology in Lagos state for 12 months and six months respectively. On-the-job training for the participants will take place at the Centre for Marine Survey Nigeria (CMSN), Lagos and, with international certification from the International Naval Surveys Bureau and Phoenix Register Shipping. Delivering his opening remarks at the event, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, ably represented by the General Manager, Capacity Building Division, Dr. Ama Ikuru, hinted that Nigerian ownership of marine vessels and equipment in the oil and gas industry is currently estimated about 40 percent. He added that increasing vessel ownership and participation of Nigerians in the maritime category will go a long way in meeting the 70 percent Nigerian Content aspiration by 2027. He maintained that marine surveyors are key to sustaining marine activities in the oil and gas industry and supporting vessel owners to survey and recertify their vessels in-country. He commended the Centre for Marine Surveyors Nigeria (CMSN) in conjunction with Wider Perspectives Limited and the Niger Delta University for developing a world class post graduate diploma training programme on Marine Survey. Also speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor, Niger Delta University, Prof. Samuel Edomiekumo appreciated the Board for partnering the university in such an important programme and assured that it would provide a conducive environment for learning. A representative of Wider Perspectives Limited, Mrs. Edughom Hanson commended the Board for sponsoring the training and advised the participants to take the programme seriously, attend all lectures and comport themselves during the course of the programme.
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The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) plans the training of 1,000 Yobe State youths on GSM phone repairs, hardware, software development, and entrepreneurship. This was formerly flagged off by the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan on Thursday, September 10, 2020

The training is part of NCDMB’s Youth Empowerment Programme for the North East and is designed to train and empower youths in high impact economic sectors such as ICT, Agriculture and construction.

The training is being conducted in partnership with the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) and the learning centres will be located at the Federal University, Gashua; the Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, Atiku Abubakar College of Legal Studies, Nguru, and the Federal College of Education, Potiskum, all in Yobe State.

In his remarks at the virtual event, the Senate President described the programme as a landmark effort in the Federal Government’s commitment to uplift the wellbeing of youths which constitute key part of the nation’s population.

He noted that GSM devices are growing in sophistication as important communication tools, just as users are multiplying by the day, such that any person that is skilled in repairs will have continuous patronage.

He canvassed for increased budgetary allocation for the youth population and creative engagement, to enable them contribute meaningfully to the economy and stay away from crime, which is often the result of idleness.

Lawan also praised the synergy between NCDMB and (NITDA) in jointly organizing the training, assuring that the Senate would continue to provide legislative impetus for collaborations amongst government agencies in the delivery of their mandate.

In his welcome address, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote explained that the Board is charged with developing local talents, facilities and assets that support the oil and gas operations and its linkage sectors but it had realised that the oil industry is incapable of absorbing all local talents even at peak capacity, hence the conceptualization of strategic youth empowerment programme.

He said the GSM programme would entail classroom phase, software and hardware modules, entrepreneurship development phase where trainees will benefit from starter packs and renting and furnishing of shops for apprenticeship and market linkage opportunities.

The Board would also sponsor mentorship and business development support to facilitate participant’s entry into the business world as SMEs and payment of stipends during the training, apprenticeship and mentorship phases.

He assured that the model has worked effectively in previous trainings sponsored by the Board.

On why the Board decided on GSM Training, Wabote stated that “since the GSM revolution in 2001, the ICT sector has evolved as a major contributor to employment, wealth creation, technology development and innovation. The ICT sector has grown its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from about three percent in 2001 to 11 percent in 2019.”

He also hinted that the event further amplifies Nigerian Content outreach to Nigerians irrespective of state of origin or residence. He further called on youths from the North East with qualification relevant to the oil and gas industry to register on the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Joint Qualification System (NOGICJQS), to stand a chance of being selected for training and employment opportunities.

In his goodwill message at the occasion, the Honorable  Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva stated that the Training and Empowerment programme falls within the Ministry’s priority areas of contributing to President Muhammadu Buhari’s aspiration to free 100 million Nigerians from poverty by 2030.

The training is part of NCDMB’s Youth Empowerment Programme for the North East and is designed to train and empower youths in high impact economic sectors such as ICT, Agriculture and construction.

The training is being conducted in partnership with the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) and the learning centres will be located at the Federal University, Gashua; the Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, Atiku Abubakar College of Legal Studies, Nguru, and the Federal College of Education, Potiskum, all in Yobe State.

In his remarks at the virtual event, the Senate President described the programme as a landmark effort in the Federal Government’s commitment to uplift the wellbeing of youths which constitute key part of the nation’s population.

He noted that GSM devices are growing in sophistication as important communication tools, just as users are multiplying by the day, such that any person that is skilled in repairs will have continuous patronage.

He canvassed for increased budgetary allocation for the youth population and creative engagement, to enable them contribute meaningfully to the economy and stay away from crime, which is often the result of idleness.

Lawan also praised the synergy between NCDMB and (NITDA) in jointly organizing the training, assuring that the Senate would continue to provide legislative impetus for collaborations amongst government agencies in the delivery of their mandate.

In his welcome address, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote explained that the Board is charged with developing local talents, facilities and assets that support the oil and gas operations and its linkage sectors but it had realised that the oil industry is incapable of absorbing all local talents even at peak capacity, hence the conceptualization of strategic youth empowerment programme.

He said the GSM programme would entail classroom phase, software and hardware modules, entrepreneurship development phase where trainees will benefit from starter packs and renting and furnishing of shops for apprenticeship and market linkage opportunities.

The Board would also sponsor mentorship and business development support to facilitate participant’s entry into the business world as SMEs and payment of stipends during the training, apprenticeship and mentorship phases.

He assured that the model has worked effectively in previous trainings sponsored by the Board.

On why the Board decided on GSM Training, Wabote stated that “since the GSM revolution in 2001, the ICT sector has evolved as a major contributor to employment, wealth creation, technology development and innovation. The ICT sector has grown its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from about three percent in 2001 to 11 percent in 2019.”

He also hinted that the event further amplifies Nigerian Content outreach to Nigerians irrespective of state of origin or residence. He further called on youths from the North East with qualification relevant to the oil and gas industry to register on the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Joint Qualification System (NOGICJQS), to stand a chance of being selected for training and employment opportunities.

In his goodwill message at the occasion, the Honorable  Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva stated that the Training and Empowerment programme falls within the Ministry’s priority areas of contributing to President Muhammadu Buhari’s aspiration to free 100 million Nigerians from poverty by 2030.

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