Nigeria may be spending over N300 billion yearly on underwater employees as the challenges of healthcare delivery shows more concern in the offshore oil and gas industry. However, with the local content bill, which was passed into law in 2010, Nigeria could save billions of Naira and create employment in the offshore industry if Nigeria’s National Hyperbaric Centres are put in place. Consultant, Pioneer Hyperbaric Medical / Occupational Health Doctor, Dr Emmanuel Ekugo, who disclosed this recently, stated that Nigeria is the only oil producing country in the world that is not listed in the Offshore Diving Accident Network (ODAN), adding that it is written clearly in their log books, that there is no serious arrangement and no existing contacts in Nigeria. Ekugo stressed that a foreign diver earns about $4000 a day, whereas the local divers earn about N20,000 daily adding that foreign oil companies don’t like employing local divers because they are not sure of their health status. “The foreign companies come to Nigeria with their own divers, they are sure of their good health. Nigerian divers don’t take diving medics and safety seriously. Our local divers are mainly employed as casuals, freelancers as non-employment of our local divers creates concern and increases unemployment. The idea for us as hyperbaric doctors is to reduce mortality and morbidity to zero.” With Hyperbaric Centres in place, he noted that the country could develop, Research Centres on Hyperbaric Demographic Centres, Data Base, Hyperbaric Chambers training and retraining centres all over the Niger Delta shoreline for therapy with Occupational Health Centres of excellence.
Nigeria Spends N300b Yearly On Offshore Divers
Posted by oilgas on February 29th, 2012