Guinea understudies Nigerian agency in local content operations, production

A delegation from the Ministry of Commerce and Mines, Republic of Guinea, visited Nigeria to understudy the Nigeria’s local content policy through its agency, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote welcomed the delegation on Monday at the board’s liaison office in Abuja.

Wabote, in his address, said that the board was willing to support other African nations in developing and implementing local content policies as a strategy for improving indigenous participation and value optimization from hydrocarbons and mineral resources.

Wabote recalled that other African nations like Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda and others had benefitted from Nigeria’s guidance on local content and the board would continue to provide similar support to any interested African nation that requests for its assistance.

He added that the board’s objective is to extend local content practice across the content, in line with the Sectorial and Regional Market Linkage Pillar of the Nigerian Content 10-year strategic roadmap.

The General Manager, Planning, Research and Development, NCDMB, Alhalji Abdulmalik Halilu, also stated that the Guinean team would be taken through the board’s core operations and models in research and development, projects certification, capacity building and funding.

He noted that the essence is for the delegation to identify successful programmes of the board that can be transferred and implemented successfully in their jurisdiction.

He advised the Guinean delegation to remain committed to the implementation of local content policy, describing it as a long journey, which would require strong political will from their leaders and the development of tools, processes, communications strategies, and stakeholder engagements.

He recalled that Nigeria introduced the policy when the local content level was less than 5 percent in 2010 and the local supply chain lacked the capacity to execute critical projects in the country, which resulted in most of the opportunities going to expatriate personnel and companies.

The leader of the Guinean delegation, the Executive Director of the Bourse for Subcontracting and Partnering in Guinea (BSTP), Mr. Saifoulaye Balde, explained that the team would spend days with the NCDMB team to learn about the Board’s implementation models and pick up ideas they can implement in their jurisdiction. He noted that Guinea had a booming mining sector, which was dominated by expatriates, with little local content input.

He conveyed his country’s desire to increase indigenous participation in their nation’s mining sector and deepen value addition.

Balde underscored the history of cooperation between Nigeria and Guinea and hailed Nigeria for becoming a reference point in Local Content in Africa and beyond.