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Senator Gershom Bassey brings construction of National Oil and Gas Park to Cross River

On March 2, 2018, there was a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of National Oil and Gas Park at Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The project was attracted and sited in the area by the senator representing Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State, Senator Gershom Bassey.

During the ground breaking ceremony for the commencement of construction work at the multi billion Naira Oil and Gas Park located opposite the National Power Plant in Odukpani, Senator Bassey called on the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to engage the youths and local contractors.

Senator Bassey who was represented by Barrister Edem Ekong, the former Director General of the Department of Public Transportation, DOPT,  said there should also be training of the required manpower by the state, to ensure that the state meets its quota of the needed staff that would function in the plant when it becomes operational.

We have about 2000 jobs that would man the plant after completion of construction work, it is therefore  necessary for the authorities to train youths in the required skills, particularly technical skills so that the state would not be left out when the plant becomes operational.
The Senator said, what often lead to youths restiveness or conflict between youths and organisations  is when local people are left out in the employment scheme of the organisation that operates within their communities.
I have seen some example of local content here but you need to do more by engaging more local contractors to handle some of the projects during the construction stages, he said.

Engineer Simbi Woba, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board said over 2000 jobs would be generated after the completion of the plant in 2020 and called for the cooperation of the community and the state government to fast track the construction process.

He said the construction work would be put on hold if the community youths make unnecessary  demands on them because the agency has not come to exploit the resources of the community but to  build a facility where technical workers in the oil industry would be trained.
2000 direct jobs and another 2000 spinoffs  would be created here when the plant becomes operational so what the community needs to do is to partner with us and ensure a speedy completion of the work because we do not abandon projects.

Professor Ivara Esu, the Deputy Governor of Cross River State who did the ground breaking said the state is prepared to partner with the agency to ensure a peaceful environment  and speedy work completion.

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