The Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC)/Chevron Joint Venture has commissioned 10 projects worth over N400 million as part of the N5.56 billion invested in Egbema Gbaramatu Communities’ Development Foundation (EGCDF) since its inception.
The over N400 million projects commissioned in December under the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) included 10 Rooms’ Guest House at Ogbinbiri Community, 10 Rooms’ Guest House at Akekoromo Zion and a-500 metre Access Walkway at Opuama, all in Egbema, Warri North Local Government Area.
Also commissioned were a-30 Room Hostel Block at Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), Rigid Pavement and Drains Extension at Binikrukru, a Concrete Landing Jetty at Oporoza and A-Six Rooms’ Public Toilet facility at Kunukunuma all in Gbaramatu, Warri South-West Local Government Area as well as the redesigned EGCDF office block.
Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA), while commissioning the projects on behalf of the management of Chevron Nigeria limited, said the achievements recorded were another expression of the determination of the company to improve the lives of people in its host communities.
He commended the leadership of EGCDF for its resolve to fulfill the objectives of the GMoU, which was initiated by CNL in 2015.
Brikinn, who was represented by Tony Emegere, PGPA Superintendent Warri, expressed delight that the GMoU was meeting its objectives of making communities take up their own development as well as ensuring significant empowerment and capacity building opportunities to the people.
He stated further that the new improvements on the GMoU concept, which was GMoU+, would help to monitor and evaluate the impact of the GMoU on various stakeholders’ communities, adding that it would focus on business development and economic empowerment programs, third party partnership/collaboration, delivery on sustainable Development Goals, SDGs as well as Human Rights and Operational Excellence.
The PGPA boss commended “Delta State government for creating enabling environment for its operations”, just as he thanked Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, as well as the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro Gbaraun 2, the Pere of Egbema Kingdom for their fatherly support in actualising the projects.
Amb. Jude Ukori, chairman of Egbema Gbaramatu Communities’ Development Foundation (EGCDF), stated that the projects commissioned would contribute to the development of communities under EGCDF and help in alleviating sufferings of the people in terms of basic infrastructural needs in areas of transportation, access roads, healthcare, shelter, water hygiene and sanitation, as well as create better teaching and learning environment in the riverine communities.