Wabote Receives Global Award for Local Content Advocacy

Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and monitoring Board, Tuesday 6th November in Cape Town, South African received a global award of excellence for outstanding contributions to sustainable local content development in Nigeria and across Africa’s Oil and Gas Industry. The award was announced by the organizers of African Oil Week (AOW), the ITE Group Plc with the approval of the AOW Advisory Board at the PetroAfricanus Dinner, which held inside the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town as part of the events marking AOW’s 25th anniversary celebration.

AOW is a premier international oil and gas summit, which brings together over 70 governments, national oil companies, investors, regulators, licensing agencies and leaders of major oil and gas companies that shape the continent’s upstream hydrocarbon landscape. It’s a foremost platform for business intelligence and transaction in Africa’s upstream oil and gas industry.

Reading the citation for the award, Paul Sinclair Conference Director, Africa Oil Week on behalf of ITE Group Plc,  highlighted the considerations for Engr. Wabote’s selection and suitability for the award, which include his ongoing unprecedented contributions to localization of industry knowledge and expertise, monumental capacity development programs in Nigeria with cross border impacts, trenchant advocacy of the imperatives of local content practice and benefits, smart regulations and rare leadership capacity to balance dialogue between international commercial ventures and national interest. He stated that in the 25years history of AOW, this is the first time an award was given for Local Content excellence by ITE Group.

In his acceptance speech, Wabote expressed delight at the honour and recognition by AOW/ITE Group, noting that the award was significant as “it communicates AOW’s acknowledgment of the Board’s programs and strategies for localizing industry knowledge and capacity development”. He paid glowing tribute to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve his country and to champion national economic interest through local content advocacy and implementation under NCDMB banner.  He therefore dedicated the award to the entire staff and management of NCDMB for their high sense of duty, patriotism and absolute commitment to local content regime, noting “this award would not have been possible with their constant support for me”.

Other recipients of the AOW Silver Jubilee Celebration awards include to Mr. Conrad Gerber (a posthumous award received by his daughter, Laura), Barbette van Gessel, South African, Chief Executive Officer of Global Pacific & Partners, Founder and President of Global Women Petroleum and Energy Club, Duncan Clarke, Zimbabwean, author, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Global Pacific & Partners, a private advisory firm based in London and Mr. Samuel Dossou-Aworet, Benin Republic national, a Pan-African Businessman, Founder and Chairman of Petrolin Group recognized for his strategic and pioneering role in the promotion and development of major oil companies and African companies in several African countries including Seplat in Nigeria.

It was a night of glitz and glory, well attended by dignitaries Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Dr. ABC Nwosu, Chairman Seplat, Austin Avuru, Luca Rigo de Righi (Chevron, Houston) and representatives of other major oil and gas companies from various parts of the world.

Naboth Onyesoh, Mgr. Corporate Communication, NCDMB

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