Managing Director, Mudiame International Limited, Mr. Sunny Eromosele, has stated that Nigeria spends $10 billion yearly to hire certified welders into the country.
In a statement, Eromosele warned that Nigeria’s current economic situation and unemployment crisis could worsen if the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, and other stakeholders fail to focus on deepening local content in the country.
He called on MAN and other stakeholders to pressure the Federal Government to set up proper implementation mechanism for Executive Order Five, especially in the areas of strengthening institutions and where critical sectors of the economy was being overlooked. He described as unfortunate, the fact that international communities force their standards on Nigeria in the event of project execution in the country. He said: “That will not allow our Nigerian personnel to participate in project like the ongoing rail construction and Dangote Refinery Construction. About 90 per cent of the people working on these projects are Chinese and Indians,” Eromosele decried the idea of personnel certification system run by most International Oil Companies, IOC. He said: “We need the harmonisation of our personnel’s qualification so that the ideas of personnel certification system by some companies like Saipem, Chevron and others will be eradicated. “Role of stakeholders must also be harmonised so that the Nigerian stakeholders will have common goals and role to play on all project executed depending on their areas of specialisation.”
He said, “Welding is vital to national economy and part of our society’s infrastructure; it ranks high among industrial processes and involves more sciences and variables than those involved in any other industrial process. “As a stakeholder and promoter of welding activities and practices in country, there is a lot of challenges that are faced by welding industries and welding practitioners in Nigeria, among such challenges to mention are few which include, political interference by the international communities and lack of development of Nigeria national standards.”