Engr. Simbi K. Wabote was appointed as the Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) on the 29th of September 2016. Prior to his appointment he was an Executive Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Nigeria Limited and General Manager Business and Government Relations for Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN).
He joined Shell in September 1991 as an Oil and Gas Engineer after a short stint with the Banking industry in Nigeria. He served Shell in various
senior positions within Nigeria and in several countries in Africa, Europe, North America, Middle East, Asia and new frontier countries in Engineering, Local Content Development, Contracting & Procurement, Government Relations, and Community Affairs. In a little over two years as the Executive Secretary, Engr. Wabote has reinvigorated the operations of the NCDMB and developed the Nigerian Content 10-Year road map to grow Nigerian Content to 70 percent by 2027. He spearheaded the commencement of the construction of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park in Odukpani, Cross
Rivers State and Emeyal-1, Bayelsa, State and the launch of the $200m (USD) Nigerian Content Intervention Fund (NCI Fund) to provide low cost
and accessible credit to service companies. He brought his project management skills into the rapid construction of the Board’s new headquarters building complex comprising of 17-storey office building, 1,000-seater auditorium, and multi-level car park.
He also pioneered the development and deployment of the Service Level Agreements (SLA) between the Board and the Nigeria LNG, Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) and Indigenous Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG), which has reduced the tendering cycle time to six months and fast tracks development of new projects. Under his watch, NCDMB catalysed the successful integration of one of the largest Floating
Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) in- country at the SHI-MCI yard in the LADOL Free Trade Zone and facilitated in-country integration of six modules on the Egina FPSO, the first time in the entire Gulf of Guinea.