In order to improve security in Nigeria’s oil sector, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has sought to collaborate with the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
During his visit to the police headquarters in Abuja, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote explained that the collaboration is essential in fostering the safeguarding of lives and infrastructure within the NCDMB’s operational areas.
“The Police Commissioner in Bayelsa has provided tremendous support in terms of security in the past, and we are here to ask for more security support for staff and critical infrastructure,” he said during his meeting with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.
The NCDMB boss reassured the police of the NCDMB’s support in the areas of security equipment and human capacity building.
According to Wabote, the success recorded by the board since inception in April 2010 included in-country retention of over 30% oil and gas industry annual spend against less than 5% prior to the enactment of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act (NOGICD).
In response to Wabote’s quest for the provision of security in the country’s oil sector, Adamu assured the NCDMB of the Nigeria Police’s security support to enable it to maximally perform its core mandate.
The IGP said the Nigeria Police would do everything possible to synergise and improve the board’s performance in line with its obligation to provide adequate security in the entire country, urging the NCDMB to effectively collaborate with the police command in Bayelsa State in the area of corporate social responsibility and other stakeholder engagements.
Adamu, however, maintained that the police is committed to collaborating with government agencies to help tackle the current insecurity challenges plaguing the nation.