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Natasha charges NLNG on prudent use of $43m for human capital development  

Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Content, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan ( PDP Kogi Central),  has urged the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas  (NLNG), to prudently allocate $43 million from the $4.3 billion Train-7 project for human capital development projects.

Senator Natasha made the appeal Tuesday during an interactive session her committee had with NLNG, those of Saipem Contracting Limited, and Daewoo Engineering & Construction. She said in carrying out the utilisation, NLNG should ensure compliance with the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act. 

The amount which she said represents 1% of the total project value is designated for human capacity development and institutional strengthening.

She stated the importance of transparency and effective utilisation of the funds to benefit Nigerians and enhance the country’s human capacity development and institutional strengthening. 

“Learning institutions from public primary to tertiary institutions nationwide should benefit from the $25.8m which is 60% of the $43m worth of HCD projects owed Nigerians,” she added.

Senator Natasha also emphasised the infrastructure deficit in Nigeria’s primary and secondary schools by the UBEC report which said about 40,000 classrooms are in deplorable conditions. 

“It would do well if NLNG’s HCD schemes can support UBEC in their quest to provide befitting educational facilities,” she said.

She addressed discrepancies in reported figures for the NLNG Train-7 project, highlighting that if the project is valued at $6.5 billion, the human capacity framework would allocate $39 million for institutional strengthening, $13 million for advanced-level training, and $13 million for auxiliary training, totaling $65 million.

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