Oil giant, Total E & P Nigeria Limited gave the people of Obiozimini and Obiyebe in Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State cause to smile, weekend, as they took delivery of a 1.3km (Beach) Road and a health centre built by oil giant, in their communities. .
At a colourful ceremony over the weekend, Total E&P said the gesture shows the management’s commitment to fulfill promises made to its host communities.
Speaking at the two occasions, the Company’s Executive General Manager, JVA Operations, Mr. Jean-Clude Vachet described the project as economically viable and strategic, adding that it provides a gateway towards the economic transformation of Egi kingdom.
Vachet said the beach road will provide resources for building construction within communities in Egi land and beyond and but also be a ready loading bay to feed the upcoming float glass industry, “thereby providing excellent business opportunities for entrepreneurs and help in creating jobs for our teeming youths.”
Represented by Total’s Deputy General Manager, Community Affairs, Izu Iduoku, further said, “ It is our (Total’ s) hope that with this quality of road in place, the difficulties usually associated with loading of sand during off-seasons will be greatly reduced thereby making sand more readily affordable.’’
On the health centre executed in Obiyebe community, Vachet said the facility was one of the demands made by the Egi people under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the firm signed with the community in 2007.
According to him, “I am particularly pleased to commission this facility (Health Centre) which is one of the demands by the Egi people under the 2007 MoU.
“With the quality of equipment in the health centre and the excellent living quarters provided, I have no doubt in my mind that this facility will be put to the best use and will serve the community effectively in the area of primary healthcare delivery to our people.”
He thanked the Rivers State Government for the support and encouragement the company received in executing the job and for providing the required staff and medical personnel to ensure the smooth take-off of the facility.
“This is not only in tandem with the aspiration of the company to bring healthcare closer to the people, but also in line with our core objectives towards sustainable health of our communities.
“It is therefore our hope that the communities will not only take ownership of this facility, but will also guard it jealously after here. I urge youths, elders and community leaders to ensure the effective utilisation and good maintenance of the facilities for the benefit of our people,” Vachet said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, Community Development Committee, CDC, of Obiozimini, Nwadike Ewe expressed happiness at the completion of the road project, saying it will be beneficial to farmers and would boost economic activities in the area.
Ewe called on the oil giant to assist on the other side of the river known as Onoshi-ulo, saying, “We (Obiozimini) appeal to you (Total) to link the Onoshiulo (road) to Onoshi-Ume-Nkweke to enable it serve the same economic purpose.”
In his remark, the Chairman, Ogba/ Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area Primary Healthcare Authority, Ego Ahiamadu thanked Total for the project and expressed the commitment of the council to provide security and a conducive working environment for all investors and multinationals doing business in the area.
Information from National Mirror was used in this report.