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Senate decries foreign dominance in the diving sector

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The Senate on Thursday decried the dominance of foreign operators in the employment of personnel in the nation’s diving sector.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Content, Teslim Folarin, made the remark at an investigative hearing on a motion to ensure strict compliance with statutory regulations and provisions of the Nigerian Diving Sector.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting, which was at the instance of the committee, was designed to investigate claims of contravention of relevant statutory provisions in the area of diving in the oil and gas sector.

Mr Folarin said the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010, provided that 70 per cent of divers in offshore energy projects must be Nigerians.

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According to him, the sponsor of the motion indicated that the act on local content has not been complied with in the diving sector.

According to him, Section 28 sub-section (1) provides that Nigerians should be accorded first consideration for employment and training in projects to be executed by the operator in the oil and gas industry.

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He, however, said foreign dominance had been alleged to have deprived indigenous divers their rightful place in line with the act.

This, he said, was unacceptable, particularly at a time when unemployment was high.

This, he further said, resulted in the invitation of some of the key operators in the oil and gas sector to give their perspectives on the issue.

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