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NNPC/Chevron, Delta State commission eleven infrastructural projects in Egbema, Gbaramatu

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Chinazor Megbolu

The NNPC/Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) Joint Venture in collaboration with the Delta State Government has commissioned eleven infrastructural project in Egbema and Gbaramatu communities.

The projects, under the Egbema Gbaramatu Communities’ Development Foundation, EGCDF, a community-based organisation sponsored by the NNPC/Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) Joint Venture with the Delta State Government between April 15, 16 and 20, commissioned eleven infrastructural projects in Egbema and Gbaramatu Kingdoms of Warri North and Warri South-West Local Government Areas of Delta State.
The unveiling took place at the final stage of the commissioning on Tuesday at the EGCDF Secretariat in Effurun near Warri.
The General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, who was elated over the project, said he was happy that his company is partnering with EGCDF for community development.
“Everywhere we work, we demonstrate ethical, environmentally-responsible, safe and respectful business practices.
“We also contribute to the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“As we would say, we are in the business of progress. Our primary contribution is by safely developing and delivering affordable and reliable energy that is necessary for social and economic progress.
“We also contribute through our work in protecting people and the environment and by investing in health, education and economic development,” he said.
Brikinn, who was represented by the Area Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs Field Operations, Mr. Sam Daibo, lauded the Delta State Government for its support.
He also pointed out that the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture values the support of the state government over the years in creating an enabling environment for the company operations and activities in the State and also for the smooth implementation of their GMoU and other Social Investment programmes.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, EGCDF, Comrade Jude Ukori, in his remarks, thanked the CNL for sponsoring the projects, that gulped over N564 million.
He, however, urged the Ijaw oil and gas producing Communities of Egbema and Gbaramatu Kingdoms, to protect the assets of CNL, which has been EGCDF’s sole source of funding.
“I must mention that our sole source of fund remains CNL/NNPC Joint Venture. Therefore we honestly owe them an obligation to secure their facilities in our domains and provide an enabling environment for their smooth operations.
“We commend them for their steadfast commitment to the annual donation of funds to meet our developmental needs and in driving the GMoU process,” he said.
Moreover, Ukori further highlighted that the commissioned projects includes; 300 meters concrete road project at Benikrukru Community, staff quarters building project at Azama Community, three bedrooms bungalow at Olukperebu Community, cottage hospital renovation and ancillary work at Oporoza Community.
Others are; the renovation of two concrete jetties and construction of waiting sheds and radio house at Kokodiagbene Community- all in Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West Council Area of Delta State, 400 meter concrete walkway project at Opuama Community, concrete jetty project at Abadigbene Community, 250 meter concrete walkway project at Itagbene Community, three- bedroom bungalow project at Ogbinbiri Community and water project at Adagbarasa Community- all in Egbema kingdom in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The statement also added that there is a fencing, construction of gatehouse and landscaping of EGCDF secretariat complex Effurun, Warri as well

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