President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the 17 storey Nigerian Content and Development Monitoring Board, NCDMB Headquarters in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital.
Speaking at the event, President Buhari commended Chief Timipre Sylva, the minister for state petroleum, the ministry of petroleum resources, chairman and members of the governing council as well as the management and staff of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board for the giant achievement.
According to President Buhari the completion of the project reflects his administrations drive to providing infrastructure across the country as well as to serve as a mechanism for investment and enabler for job creation and eradication of poverty.
He said the inauguration also bring to the fore the importance of Local Content in all activities of the country’s national life, especially with the prevailing COVID 19 pandemic.
In a goodwill message, Governor Douye Diri expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the strong political will and backing to continue with the project to its conclusion.
According to Governor Diri the COVID 19 pandemic has taught the world to think creatively and interdependent ways and as such it is important for the NCDMB to learn from this episode and escape the inevitable pandemic of agitations that would break out if communities are not factored into the development equation of the project.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment in partnering with NCDMB to enable it succeed in delivering its mandate in line with the laws that established it.
Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister for State Petroleum, Mr. Mele Kiyari, Group Managing Director, NNPC and Sir Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary NCDMB, Chief Harcourt Aduke the project contractor all in their various remarks told the story of the project that would change the business narrative of Bayelsa State and Niger Delta Region.
Also inaugurated was the mega power plant at Elebele community in Ogbia Local Government area of the state.