Thursday, April 19, 2018

Firm splashes projects on Akwa Ibom communities

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It was a festival of appreciation and commendations as international oil giant, Total E&P splashed life-touching social, economic and educational projects in some communities across six local government areas of Akwa Ibom State.
The projects completed, commissioned and handed over to the benefiting communities were six classroom blocks at Ette, Ikot Abasi council Area, renovated six-classroom block at Ikpa Ibom Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikot Ekong, Mkpat Enin, completed six classroom block at Lutheran High school, Ikot Udo Mbang, Ukanafun and renovated five classroom block at Ekpene Inuen, Ikono Council Areas.
Others include six classroom blocks at Ikot Ekpeyak Ikono, Ikono Local Government, completed six classroom block at Government Primary School, Nto Obo, Abak and completed Community Health Centre at Ilot Ntuen Nsit in Nsit Atai Council Areas.
The Deputy Managing Director of Total E&P, Mr. Francois Le-Cocq while handing over the projects to the communities said that the multinational oil company was committed to fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities (CSR) to the state.
Le-Cocq said the company was willing and ready to renew its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with stakeholders in the state.
“In line with a Nigerian song that a roasted yam is just to tell the mouth that the main menu was on the way. We will soon meet with Akwa Ibom Stakeholders to re-negotiate their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pave way for more projects for the host communities,” Le-Cocq said.
He spoke in Uyo during the commissioning of Civic Centre at Iboko Offot in Uyo Local Government and seven projects in other Local Government Areas where the company operates in Akwa Ibom.
Represented by the Manager, Community Relations, Port Harcourt/Offshore Operations Okechukwu Obara, Le-Cocq warned the beneficiaries of the projects not to “allow it die and decay like the proverbial public goat which was left to die of hunger as nobody was the owner”.
He appealed to the communities to take full ownership of the inaugurated facilities in terms of security and maintenance so that the benefactor would consider them in subsequent phases.
Prof. Chris Ekong, an indigene of Iboko Offot and lecturer in the Department of Economics in the University of Uyo, recalled that the Iboko Offot Civic Centre built by Total was conceived in his tenure as Commissioner for Youth and Sports.
Ekong said he used the project to keep militants at bay and appreciate the oil firm for keeping the promise of giving back to the community.
Governor Udom Emmanuel, who was represented by the Commissioner for Transport and Petroleum Resources, Mr. Orman Esin, hailed the oil company.




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