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Energy Works Technology 90 mm Stainless Steel Clad Vessel

Another first was recorded in the Nigerian Content community in Port- Harcourt, Rivers State when the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Mr. Denzil Kentebe commissioned the first 90 mm stainless steel clad vessel fabricated in Nigeria by Energy Works Technology Ltd (EWT), a subsidiary of the Nestoil Group.

The asset also known as a separator was designed for Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC’s) Soku Field Development plan and is internally cladded with 316L stainless steel, with internal proprietary separation devices and weighs 83 tons.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary hailed the growth of Energy Works Technology within the past five years from a light fabrication company to one of the foremost pressure vessel, process equipment manufacturers and heavy fabrication yards in Nigeria.

While pledging the Board’s commitment to help companies like Energy Works Technology further develop their capacity, Kentebe commended operators especially SPDC, Total and Seplat that put work in the facility and charged other operators to support all service providers that have demonstrated competence and invested in developing their capacity in Nigeria.

Speaking further, the Executive Secretary credited his predecessor, Dr. Ernest Nwapa for laying a good foundation and driving laudable programs, acknowledging that “many of these Nigerian Content successes were birthed before I assumed leadership of the NCDMB.”

He assured that the Board under his leadership will continue to implement already established frameworks and initiate programs that will build on the accomplishments.

He reiterated that investments like the ones made by Energy Works Technology were critical to achieving the Board’s vision to use Nigerian Content as a platform to industrialize Nigeria and also Government’s aspirations to create jobs and empower Nigerians on the back of oil and gas projects.

He added that the Board “will continue to promote the establishment and utilization of Nigerian facilities and Nigerian owned assets. We will also leverage the Nigerian Content Development Fund (NCDF) to implement Capacity Development Initiatives that will create opportunities in manufacturing, engineering, fabrication, marine, subsea, drilling and well services and all other activities across the value chain.”

In his speech, the Managing Director of EWT, Mr. Emeka Nnadi credited the success of the project to the determination of SPDC, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) and NCDMB to fabricate the 90 mm stainless steel clad vessel in Nigeria even when the capability was novel to local services companies.

In his words:

“With this achievement, EWT has acquired the technical know-how of forming, assembling, welding and testing all ranges of thick welled pressure vessels.”

The Managing Director also stated that all activities relating to the execution of the project were carried out by Nigerians, which demonstrated that Nigerian Content was viable and its impact on the Nigerian economy was worth the price.
He announced plans by the company to begin motivating and supporting small scale fabricators to attain sophisticated capabilities as growth of this category will have a multiplier effect on the aggregate in-country potential.

Amazing-Grace Ighedo Wins USA National Merit Scholarship

Amazing-Grace Ighedo, a nursing student receives national merit scholarship in the United States of America as the overall winner.

Amazing-Grace Ighedo of Mount Mercy University was inspired to pursue a career in nursing after surviving a ghastly car accident in Nigeria when she was just 16 years old.

She immigrated to the U.S. in 2009 to start a family with her spouse, which gave her the opportunity to pursue that dream. Despite being a mother of three with no previous background in the sciences, Amazing-Grace has been awarded the Outstanding Student Award, has been on the Dean’s List every semester, and maintained a 4.0 GPA.

She is an active volunteer at the free clinic in her community as well as her church, and she often tutors students. Her long-term career goal is to become a nurse anesthetist and work in under-served communities.

Each year, Minority Nurse awards scholarships to three outstanding nursing students. The scholarship committee received a record-breaking 107 scholarship applications.

The scholarship committee, formed by members of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, reviewed each application and selected its winners after much deliberation.

ITF Records 70% Job Placements For Trainees

The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has achieved over 70 percent job placement for its trainees across major sectors of the economy in Nigeria, the Director-General, ITF, Dr. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko has said.

She said the ITF’s focus was to ensure 100 percent employment for trainees that benefited from various trainings conducted in collaboration with the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association and other organisations.

Over 74,000 Nigerians have been trained in various vocational and technical areas under the 1,000 per state training scheme, while about one million benefitted from the overall ITF training projects, in-house and across industries in the last one year.

The DG noted that the ITF would continue to increase the number of trainees in the coming years to further address the issues of unemployment in the country. Already the process of training two million annually has commenced, according to ITF.

Dr. Chukkas-Onaeko stated:

“Our focus is to achieve 100 percent employment for all trainees that come on the platform. And so far, I would say that we have done quite well.Up to 70 percent get retained by the companies that work with us to train these people, and some go to sister companies, other companies that offer the same services, and they get employed.

I have told my team that we should look at training and working on getting jobs for at least 50 percent of four million people to be trained. That is because the need is huge. If we don’t do this considering the number of youths that graduate from the universities every year, from the polytechnics and even the secondary schools, the unemployment rate will continue to grow at a very high rate.

The number of those living below poverty line is also high and we just need to do everything possible to reduce it. Because the figures are high, we need positive collaborations to achieve success, which is why we have entered into collaborations with different stakeholders. With concerted efforts and innovative thinking, we will get there.”

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