Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, was recently at the4th edition of the Sub-Sahara Africa Upstream Oil and Gas summit and exhibition held in Abuja from Tuesday April 11 to Friday April 13, 2018, recognized for its sustained support for small businesses in Nigeria. The Summit was organized by Zenith Professional Training Limited.
It would be recalled that the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari, has placed strong premium on the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as a policy to drive economic diversification.
The award was presented to the oil giant at a dinner event organized at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and witnessed by many dignitaries including representatives of the NNPC/industry regulators, community representatives from the Niger Delta region and participants from other African countries and other industry players.
General Manager, Nigerian Content Development (NCD), Ms. Anike Odunlami, received the award on behalf of Chevron companies in Nigeria. It was presented by Engr. Emmanuel Akinsanya, the Executive Director, Asset Management & Technical Services, Nigerian Gas Marketing Company Limited (a subsidiary of the NNPC).
Speaking on the award, Ms. Odunlami noted that Chevron is committed to Nigerian Content Development (NCD) as part of the company’s commitment to local capacity building in the nation’s oil and gas industry by empowering Nigerian service providers and suppliers through human and business capacity development, local patronage, work scope reservation and fostering of business partnerships.
She also stated that CNL consistently reserves significant portions of job scopes to benefit local community contractors from its areas of operation adding that CNL also has a strong focus on maintaining compliance in job awards to Nigerian contractors on its small, medium and major capital projects. According to her, this is achieved through a standard operating procedure (SOP) to ensure equitable participation of community contractors through CNL’s robust Local Community Content (LCC) policy.
Also, the General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, (PGPA), Mr. Esimaje Brikinn highlighted the attendant benefits of the LCC SOP which includes that CNL’s preferential selection and work scope reservation ensures patronage of indigenous companies; and that the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) with the respective communities is utilized to extend available business opportunities to the Local Community Contractors around CNL’s areas of operation