L-R: Mr. Abubakar Usman, Manager, Facilities & Infrastructure, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB); Mr. Uche Agomuo, Strategy & Project Manager, General Electric; Mrs Priscilla O. Okafor, Manager, ICT, NCDMB; and Mr. Olugbolahan Sobande, Strategic Accounts Executive, GE; during a visit by the NCDMB Team to General Electric where the high-end modern technologies on display at the ‘GE Garages’ were examined in Lagos.
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), on Thursday, gave thumbs up to General Electric (GE) Nigeria for the kind of high-end technologies the company has brought into the country and for promoting capacity development among Nigerians. The NCDMB team gave the commendation in Lagos when it paid a visit to “The Garage” – GE’s innovation and manufacturing centre where aspiring makers and entrepreneurs can go to develop new skills and learn about advanced manufacturing technologies.
Speaking during the inspection of the GE Garages, Mr Okey Egbuta, Manager, Projects and Operations, NCDMB said his Board had come a long way with the General Electric. According to him, the NCDMB and GE have embarked on a journey with a common goal of giving prominence to local content. He noted The National Content Development and Monitoring Board was encouraged by GE’s sustained efforts in prioritizing indigenous human capital in its operations across critical sectors in the country.
On his part, Mr. Olugbolahan Sobande, Strategic Accounts Executive, General Electric, declared that GE is a benchmark for technology development and capacity transfer. He assured that with the determination of GE to transfer modern technologies needed for the real sector, the nation’s manufacturing sector will soon experience a boost especially with the planned manufacturing and assembly plant in Calabar.
He disclosed that with a global team of 600 engineers, spread across 21 sites by 2020, GE invests $6 billion in Research and Development. “We will help to develop best-class workforce in Nigeria and subsequently assist in improving on the Gross Domestic Product.” he said
The National Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) is responsible for ensuring indigenous participation in the oil and gas industry; building local capacity and competencies; creating linkages to other sectors of the national economy; as well as boosting industry contributions to the growth of the National Gross Domestic Product.