By Codratus Godson
The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) has confirmed the possibility of over 12,000 jobs coming for Rivers people and other Nigerians as the Train 7 project kicks off after the signing of consortium contract in May 2020.
This was disclosed in a briefing note by the managing director, Tony Attah, when he paid a visit to Gov Nyesom Wike early in the week. “As a testament to our proactive and effective operational strategy to survive the challenges brought by the pandemic, Nigeria LNG, on the 13th of May, 2020, signed and awarded the Contract for Train 7 Engineering, Procurement and Construction.
“This was an epic accomplishment for us and for the State, as this project will continue to drive the economy of the good people of Bonny and Rivers State in general. May I remind us of the enormous benefits Train 7 will bring”.
Attah mentioned employment and income opportunities especially in construction personnel and labour, saying at peak of construction, over 12,000 jobs would be available on Bonny Island for Rivers State indigenes and other Nigerians.
He talked about area of contracts, fabrications and supplies, saying; “Several companies and businesses situated in Rivers State such as fabrication yards, construction companies, equipment suppliers etc. will be engaged and generate significant returns for respective tax authorities.”
He said small scale businesses would feel the impact of the Train 7’s multiplier effect which would stimulate individual purchases in shops and markets and for other services; greatly impacting the small scale businesses and the economy of Rivers State.
Harping on specific Nigerian content regulation impacts, he mentioned trainings such as human capacity development targets already being agreed with Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to ensure Nigerians benefit from on-the job training and personnel re-training events.
On research and development, he said the University of Port Harcourt has been selected as a Centre of LNG Excellence where students will receive the required training on LNG production technologies as monitored by NCDMB.
There would also be phased construction; “We are currently developing modalities to progress work on Train 7 in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Its construction is being phased to ensure a safe mobilization to site.”
The MD rejoiced with Gov Nyesom Wike on his 5th year in office, He said: “I must also thank you for the opportunity to be part of deliberate discussions to contain the outbreak on Bonny Island. It is clear that in these extra-ordinary times, a collective resolve to collaborate, solve problems and make sacrifices is warranted. May I state, unequivocally, our readiness to partner with your government as it deals with the enormous responsibility of preserving lives and ultimately livelihoods in Rivers State, including the Bonny Kingdom.
On company palliatives, the MD said: “Let me share some of Nigeria LNG’s interventions against the spread of Coronavirus in Bonny since the onset of the pandemic in the country. As a company, we triggered critical preventive measures in our operations very early and promptly initiated engagements with relevant Rivers State and Bonny Local Government authorities. The objective was to proactively identify urgent intervention programmes to ensure the safety of all lives on Bonny Island.
The outcome of these engagements brought Nigeria LNG to the forefront of implementing interventions in the Kingdom’. He mentioned the interventions so far pumped into the state.