FG commends DormanLong Engineering for developing indigenous capacity

The Federal Government has commenced the management of DormanLong Engineering Ltd for its commitment at developing indigenous capacity in areas of steel manufacturing and pipemills.

The Chairman of House Committee on Local Contents, Honourable Emmanuel Okon, who was on a courtesy call to the company’s management said he was impressed with the company and stated further that “We sincerely thank the DormanLong team for their hospitality and strong commitment to building and sustaining local content in this country. We have witnessed the immense work you are currently doing on the Egina Project amongst others.

“We are delighted to see a local company that is significantly contributing to the socio-economic development of Nigeria. Your presentation on the industry insight and challenges has been impactful and well received. We have also noted the gaps in the industry and we will ensure we address them.”

Furthermore, Okon assured that “As a committee, we will discuss further to see how we can collectively build the capacity of this industry. However, I encourage your association, PETAN, to share a more holistic list of industry requirements that would allow your organisations meet their objectives. Our members are keen to build a good relationship with your association and of course we are here to support and to work with you.”

Dorman Long Engineering is a leading Nigerian EPIC company serving Nigeria industry sectors including, Power, Telecommunications, Oil & Gas and Heavy Industries. The 100 per cent owned Nigerian company was established in 1949 as a structural steel engineering fabrication and installation company, originally owned by British Steel (now Tata). The company has, recently undergone major restructuring to further provide increased customer focus and improved customer delivery.

During the visit, the Dorman Long team discussed its key objectives showing itself to be a loyal partner to Nigeria.  The team also took a tour of its fabrication facilities.  Dorman Long’s key offerings in Nigeria include: Capacity to generate 40,000 direct and indirect jobs, strong skills, technology transfer and capacity building, domestication of spending, reducing need for scarce forex, Long Term Cost reduction, National Self Reliance – a self reliant economy exudes confidence and National Security, a self reliant economy secures the future of her people and ensures independence of a vital sector.

In his welcome address, the Chairman of Dorman Long Engineering, Dr Timi Austen-Peters, stated that “There’s no doubt that we are partners in progress and we would like to reassure you that we have extensive plans that will be strongly beneficial to Nigeria’s socio-economic climate. Our expansion plan will see significant job creation, skills and technology transfer, as well as capacity building.”