Diri made the call on Thursday at the virtual inauguration of the 17 storey head office of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital on Thursday.
Diri noted that Agip had operated in the state since the 1960s and pledged that his administration was committed to creating an investors friendly atmosphere for private sector capital to drive the economic prosperity of the people of the state.
NAOC had built a 10 megawatt gas powered power plant to provide power to the NCDMB tower being inuagurated on Thursday and industrial park still under construction.
Diri, who was speaking from the Yenagoa headquarters of the NCDMB at the virtual inauguration performed by President Muhammad Buhari, applauded the President for the completion of the project initiated by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Diri noted that the political will exhibited by Buhari in ensuring the completion of the edifice was commendable and an example of how to carry out development across party lines.
The governor appealed to the federal government to ensure that the Nigeria Content policy drive rubs off on the state where the story of oil and gas began some 60 years ago.
Mr Lorenzo Fiorillo, Managing Director of NAOC said that the firm and its parent company Eni believe in the concept of reliable, safe and affordable energy solutions across the globe.
Fiorillo noted that NAOC participated in the partnership to showcase its belief and support for the growth of indigenous capacity in the oil and gas sector.
Speaking earlier, Mr Harcourt Adike, Managing Director of Mega Star, the indigenous contractor that handled the project stated that the NCDMB Tower project was a testimony that when given the opportunity, Nigerian companies can deliver world class projects.
According to him, the company participated in the transparent bidding process in 2013 and won the bid which resulted to commencement of construction in the fourth quarter of 2015.
He said that the project was a proof that government projects could be completed in a timely manner despite various challenges which included the dearth of skilled local workforce adding that the firm was compelled to train 250 people from the host community on the project.
He noted that the firm was challenged by the terrain which required underground reinforcement for the foundation for the 17 storey edifice and urged the federal government to patronise indigenous companies for bigger projects.
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