*Joy in Iduwini Delta as SPDC spreads
projects across communities
*Restates commitment to do more*
There seems to be endless joy and jubilation in some communities of Iduwini Kingdom, Delta State yesterday as the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC commissioned and inspects other ongoing projects within the Kingdom.
The SPDC had through its Iduwini Delta Cluster Development Board under the chairmanship of High Chief Sunny Gbegha, JP, spreads projects across communities constituting the cluster.
Some of the communities include Odimodi, Ofougbene, Forcados and Yeye with different projects ranging from construction of roads, building of Headmasters quarter, Principal’s lodge, furnituring, renovation among other developmental projects.
However, in an interview with newsmen at Ofougbene community yesterday, Engr. Habib Momoh, representative of SPDC, Community Interface Project, CIP had restated that Shell will continue to contribute meaningfully towards the growth and development of its clusters.
“Sustain the existing peace in your communities, support the activities of Shell Petroleum Development Company, we are committed to do more” Habib stated
While hailing the communities for their peaceful dispositions, he had charged them to continue to sustain the existing peace.
Meanwhile, women in Ofougbene had been empowered by the SPDC through the cluster board with 500 chairs, 20 tables and 7 cannoppies and decoration materials to drive revenue for themselves among other things worthing millions of Naira.
While handing over the furnitures, chairs, tables and cannoppies to the people of Ofougbene community and the women, chairman of the Iduwini Delta Cluster Board, Chief Sunny Gbegha, JP had charged the people to maintain the properties, stressing that the board under his command will continue to liaise with SPDC to contribute towards the general well being of the people.
In his words: “Our projects are spread across Odimodi, Yeye, Forcados and here in Ofougbene. We have different projects in all of these communities.
“In Ofougbene, we are empowering the women with 500 plastic chairs, 7 canopies and 20 tables to generate funds for themselves.
“We also discovered that Ofougbene as a community has no good chairs and tables hence we thought it wise to empower them with tables and chairs. With what we have done, they have been empowered to the capacity of hosting a local government Chairman and even the governor of the state should he visit Ofougbene town hall. All these worth millions of Naira.
“One very important message is that these things have to be maintained for more things to come.”
While receiving the properties from the Cluster Board Chairman, supervised by the SPDC officials on behalf of Ofougbene community, Comr. Thomas Obirita, secretary and Madam Baby, on behalf of the women, they had all thanked the Board and SPDC for their gesture and developmental strides so far in the Kingdom, stressing that they will make judicious use of the properties coupled with maintenance.
“We lack words to properly thank you people, as a community, we want to assure SPDC and members of the Cluster Board that we will maintain these things that have been given to us, we will continue to remain peaceful and support your activities.” Thomas stated.
Representing the women leader of Ofougbene, Madam Baby had said: “We are very happy for these empowerment items, we will make very good use of them, such gestures are not common, we want to thank SPDC and members of the cluster Board.
“You people are so dependable, within this short while, look at how our communities are gradually transforming into cities, it can only be attributed to your good works.”
Hon. Joshua Evene, deputy majority leader, Burutu legislative arm, representing the council Chairman, Hon. Godknows Angele had lauded SPDC and the Iduwini Delta Cluster Board leadership for the stance of developing the communities.
In his words: “Thank you very much for your activities so far, we want to thank the various communities for nominating credible people to serve in this capacity, this truly shows how committed SPDC is for the development of our people and communities. As a local government, we commend your developmental strides, government will also support your activities, you have done well, these things we have so far will go a long way in addressing our many woes as a people.”
A breakdown of projects for the various communities is as follows:
3 concrete pavement roads with drainage system.
200 metres road, completed
160 metres road, completed
154 metres road, completed
Five guest rooms
All furnished and equipped.
5 bedroom corpers lodge, 99% completed.
Headmasters quarters and Principal’s quarters. (Separate buildings )
Renovation of 3 class rooms block for the Forcados Secondary School with furniture.
Four self contain staff quarters, 99% completed.
Furniture of Ofougbene Town Hall
200 conference chairs
4 conference tables
5 executive chairs
1 LG plasma TV
Elemax 4:5 KVA generator
Mobile rechargeable wireless microphone and speaker
Full installation of DSTV.
500 plastic chairs
Nevertheless, personalities that made the touring team include High Chief Evans E. Etimigba, secretary to the Cluster board; Hon. Dennis Bibaikefie; Mr. Festus Ogbalor, representative of Initiative for Community Development, ICD, an NGO mentoring the cluster; Comr. Mike Bekenawei, former secretary Ijaw Youth Council, IYC Iduwini Kingdom, Delta State with the host of others.