NCDMB Boss, Simbi Wabote, Wins African Local Content Icon Award

The  Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board   (NCDMB), Engineer Simbi Kesiye Wabote, has been selected for the African Local Content Icon Award by the 2021 African Business Leadership Awards (ABLA) organized by the African Leadership Magazine.

Platforms Africa reports that the award has 12 categories and the winners emerged  through selection, online voting for nominees and the editorial board’s review of the nominations and votes to decide the winners.

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Other winners from Nigeria include Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, Chief Executive Officer ofAirtel Africa, who emerged African Business Leader of the year; Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor, Lagos State – Business Friendly Governor of the year; Mr. Benedict Peters,   Chief   Executive Officer, Aiteo   Group,   who   is   selected   as   African   Chief Executive Officer of the year and Shell Petroleum Development Company of NigeriaLtd   (SPDC), which   was   picked   for the African CSR   &   Community   DevelopmentI mpact Award.

Wabote   who   was   first   appointed   in   September   2016   by   President Muhammadu Buhari and   reappointed in September   2020  has   recorded   several landmark accomplishments locally and championed the development of Local Content across the   continent.

He has also provided   guidance to a number   of African countries on   theimplementation of Local Content policies in their jurisdictions.

Platforms  Africa reports that under his watch, NCDMB recently hosted the  African  Local Content Roundtable  inpartnership with  the   African Petroleum   Producers Association (APPO) and he canvassed for the establishment of African Local Content Bank  that could providefunding for the development of oil and gas projects in Africa.

He also led NCDMB to institute the Nigerian Content 10-Year Strategic  Roadmap,with one of the pillars being  Sectorial  and  Regional  Market Linkage, intended toextend Local Content across the African continent and ensure access to market forcapacities that have been developed locally.

The Executive  Secretary is  a  recipient of  several  international and  local awards,including a global award conferred by the organizers of African Oil Week (AOW) inNovember   2018   for   his   outstanding contributions   to   sustainable   local   contentdevelopment in Nigeria and across Africa’s Oil and Gas Industry.

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