Oben  (Orhionmwon) –  In a bid to provide employments for the youths and the people of Oben Community, the Niger National Fitters Association (NNFA) has called on government to implement the Local Content Policy.
This was revealed recently by Mr. Uyi Omoragbon, Chairman of the Association, in Oben Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State, during the official inauguration of the newly elected executives of the association.
He explained that if the Local Content Policy is put in place by the government, saying that the involvement of expatriates in most of the jobs being done in the engineering sector would be reduced if no totally eradicated, thereby, creating more job opportunities for the people.
According to him, “we have competent and qualified welders and fitters who have worked outside Nigeria and are working here presently; they have been tested and are capable of taking on responsibilities”.
He cited the case of an ongoing laying and construction of oil pipeline in Oben, saying it is NNFA that is in charge.
“But when you see it, you will not believe it, we are appealing to both the state and federal government to come to our aid by ensuring that something is done about the Local Content Policy so that something reasonable could be achieved through our talents”, Omoragbon said.
Inaugurating the executive, the Edo State Zonal Secretary, Mr. Gabriel Asuelimen, who observed that the job ahead of the association was enormous, urged the executive members to work assiduously to ensure the success of the central unit.
He advised the newly elected chairman to operate an open door policy, just as he charged members of NNFA to work together as one in order to ensure success.
The Zonal Secretary also emphasized the need for monthly meetings, saying it was necessary for a way forward.
In his remarks on behalf of the newly elected executes, Omoragbon, expressed gratitude to members of the association for the confidence reposed on him and promised to work with members to uphold the constitution of the association.
Those elected included Omoragbon, chairman, Joseph Oduware, Financial Secretary and Stanley Evbahu, Secretary.