Community Contractors to Get Content Fund at 5%—NCDMB

July 31, 2017
Nigerian Content Intervention Fund

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr Simbi Wabote, has assured community contractors in the oil and gas industry that they will only pay five percent interest rate when they access the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund (NCI Fund).

Mr Wabote disclosed that the concession for community contractors was in line with the board’s Community Content Guideline and provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act.

According to him, the intent is to promote the participation of genuine community contractors in oil and gas projects and integration of communities in the industry value chain as part of the strategy to grow the local economy and promote peace and tranquillity in the communities.

Speaking at an interactive session organised by the board recently in Abuja for civil societies organisations (CSOs), the Executive Secretary noted that such contractors execute small scale projects and would not pay the same interest rate like conventional oil and gas service companies.

He promised that disbursement of the Content Fund to oil and gas companies will start this year. The loan will be disbursed directly to qualifying companies by the Bank of Industry (BOI) and repaid within five years at eight percent interest rate.

The NCI Fund, he explained will cater for manufacturing, project financing and equipment purchase. A key consideration for granting loan for a project is the impact it would make, he clarified.

On the board’s plan to establish a Nigerian Content Bank, Mr Wabote said the financial institution will ultimately manage the utilisation of the fund.

“Within the next four years, we will have established the Bank and established a good governance process. We will have key stakeholders, including the civil society as part of the Advisory Board to guard against misapplication,” he stated.

Acknowledging the positive roles played by civil society organisations in the society, the Executive Secretary said the Board will work with Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) to develop a sustainable model that will guide the participation of CSOs in Nigerian Content implementation.

In his goodwill message, the Director of Communications at NEITI, Dr Ogbonnaya Orji described the Board’s engagement with civil society organisations as confirmation of its disposition to openness, integrity and corporate governance.

He noted that CSOs could assist the Board to push the boundaries of implementation and carry out advocacy campaigns.

Mr Orji described the Board’s plan to establish Nigerian Content Bank as a novel idea that should be realized.

He further advised the Board to educate Nigerians sufficiently on the operations of the Nigerian Content Development Fund (NCDF), sanction companies that fail to remit one percent value of their contracts to the NCDF and give incentives to those that comply.

Several civil society groups like Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Democratic Action Group, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Centre for Policy among others participated in the event.

Modupe Gbadeyanka

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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