Energia Limited, operator of the Joint Venture – Ebendo/Obodeti Marginal Field (OML 56) and Oando Energy Resources, a subsidiary of Oando Plc, recently inaugurated and handed over multi-billion naira infrastructural projects to six host communities in Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State, Nigeria.
The projects which include a newly built health centre; housing estate; fully furnished community town hall; two new and fully furnished palaces; an integrated drainage system, roads and rural electrification, was built for the benefit of people living in the communities of Ebendo, Obodougwa, Umusam, Isumpe, Umusadege and Ogbeani in Delta state.
The projects were created in fulfilment of the promise made by the Joint Venture in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the host communities for the exploration and operations of the Ebendo/Obodeti oil field. The new projects are in addition to 35 other social and infrastructural projects worth over 2 billion naira delivered over a 10-year period in line with the MoU.
Represented by the Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Freeman Fregene, the Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa said “the existence of Oando and Energia has brought rapid developments to these host communities. The performance of these companies reflects on the developmental strides of the communities and it is worth emulating at all levels”.
The Chairman of Energia Limited, Geroge Osahon said “the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding based on mutual agreement on the initiation and implementation of projects has brought meaningful and measurable development to the communities and in turn a peaceful environment for operations for the Joint Venture”.
The General Manager, Government Relations of Oando Energy Resources, Kofo Tunji-Olagunju, who also commented on the development said “at Oando, we believe it is our corporate social responsibility as a proudly Nigerian company to give back to our host communities, and promote sustainable development”.
He added that “our mantra is that we must leave all our host communities better off than we met them. In this light, we have earmarked more impactful projects to further upgrade the quality of living in the communities”.