Tinubu Appoints New Executive Secretary for NCDMB, Removes Wabote
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
President Bola Tinubu has appointed Mr Felix Omatsola Ogbe as the new Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
A statement issued on Thursday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Ajuri Ngelale, said the appointment of Mr Ogbe aligns with Sections 71(1), 72, and 73 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act (2010).
The new executive scribe of the agency will replace the former occupier of the position, Mr Simbi Wabote, who had headed the management team of the organisation since 2016.
Business Post reports that in September 2020, Mr Wabote was reappointed to lead the company for another term of four years by former President Muhammadu Buhari. He was to end his second term in office next year before his removal by Mr Tinubu.
The statement by the presidential spokesman also said Mr Tinubu has also “approved the appointment of qualified Nigerians to serve on the governing council” of NCDMB.
To lead the board is the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Mr Heineken Lokpobiri; while the Executive Vice President for Upstream of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mr Oritsemyiwa Eyesan; the chief executive of the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Mr Gbenga Komolafe; Bekearedebo Augusta Warrens; Nicolas Odinuwe; Rapheal Samuel; Sadiq Abubakar; and Olorundare Sunday Thomas will serve as members.
“President Tinubu expects this highly qualified body of experts to discharge their duties with his patriotic resolve to significantly enhance indigenous industry participation in the energy sector as part of the Renewed Hope Agenda’s mandate to achieve the goal of 70 per cent indigenous content and participation in the nation’s energy industry during the lifespan of this administration,” the statement said.