By Seye Joseph – @seyetweets
The Nigerian Content Development Manager for General Electric, Sunny Onyenuwe Ojieh has affirmed the commitment of General Electric to the local content participation as what the organisation has been totally committed to.
Onyenuwe made this known at the the 3rd Sustainability in the Extractive Industries Conference in Lagos.
He said since the local content law was signed into law in 2010, there has been a dramatic change in terms of the way the multinationals run their business in the country.
“It is game changer and we have begun to see that it is a very important aspect of our operations, most especially around the issues of capacity buildings which is the major part of the oil and gas industry. And also in terms of employment for Nigerians, I think the statistics has shown that since the act has been signed into law, there has being a mass changes in terms of Nigerians that had been engaged in oil and gas industry”, he said
Onyenuwe who believed in the working capacity of Nigerians if they are given the opportunity with a good level playing field never disagree with the fact that there is still a lot of doubt in terms of capacity of Nigerians most especially in highly complex technical fields in the oil and gas operations.
He said further that local content is a journey, not hundred meter dash, it is a marathon and there are roads map to it.
“Especially in General Electric, we have clearly define our road maps and where we are going to be in the next 10 years and we acknowledge the relevance and importance of local content to our operations in Nigeria”
He described the General Electric’s mentoring program has a plan that has encouraged an efficient interactive rapport between expatriates and their Nigerian protégés.
“We have a very good mentoring plan in place in General Electric, It’s a condition for expatriate quota approval. In fact, if you don’t have a mentoring plan, your succession and understudies, there is no way the Nigerian Content Board will give you approval before going to the Ministry Internal Affairs, so that has been in a place and we have used it to structured our mentoring program”.
“Having and implementing it is the function of the Human Resources and Nigerian content department that make sure that the mentors and mentees get a constant monitoring they both committed to the plan and at General Electric, we are committed to the plan so in the next four to five years depending on the assimilating capacity of the mentees, that person is expected to take the position of the expatriates”, he revealed.