The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) is setting the pace for true industrialization of the country with the near completion of the Nigerian Oil & Gas Park Scheme (NOGAPS) in Odukpani in Cross River State.
Speaking to media men and women today , May 11, before a tour of the expansive park, the General Manager of Corporate Communications and Zonal Coordination Division at the NCDMB, Dr. Ginah O. Ginah said that the work on the Park are at various levels of completion.
He said that already, interested oil and gas related companies have started applying for spaces at the Park.
The director said that Odupkani Park is being developed along with the one in Bayelsa, in conjunction with key International Oil Companies (IOC) towards full industrialisation of the country.
According to him, the parks would incubate the manufacturing of equipment components utilized in the oil and gas industry.
Dr. Ginah said that already, federal government had approved a $50 million fund for the Scheme, especially the production of manufacturing line.
The General Manager said that arrangements have been made to ensure seamless operations by provding adequate security, made up of combined team of mobile policemen and local security men.
Dr. Ginah hinted that NCDMB is also working to develop oil and gas Parks at Oguta in Imo, at Onne in Akwa Ibom, Ilaje in Ondo State and in Delta.
The General Manager assured the people in the host community that their interests would be adequately addressed.
According to him, provisions have been made to ensure that indigenes are carried along properly in line with the Community Guideline Content developed by the NCDMB.
He said that the Odukpani Park is already supplying the host community with clean water, and other facilities such as employment opportunities, training for unskilled and semi-skilled indigenes, capacity building as well as scholarship programs.
The site Engineer, Engr. Sunday who spoke on the facilities at the Park, said that the administrative block housing a banking hall, restaurant and sick bay has been completed.
He said that the capacity building block is also fully ready and that it has an auditorium that can accommodate 200 people with six classrooms for training purposes.
Oher facilities include state-of-the-art Information Technology Centre (ICT), hostels, water treatment building, recreation area, Helipad, maintenance building, fire service, security gate house and Mini Parks.