From Ben Dunno, Warri
As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) towards host communities, the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) Limited, a subsidiary of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited, handed over two well-equipped basic primary health care facilities equipped and furnished to two of its host communities. in Delta State.
The two beneficiary communities are; Umu-Eziogoli Community in Ukwuani Local Government Area and Umuseti-Ogbe Community in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the Delta North Senatorial District of the state.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Managing Director of Nigeria Gas Company Limited, Engr. Seyi Omotowa, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to developing a strong and lasting relationship with its host communities.
The Managing Director, who was represented on the occasion by Ms. Uche Ossai, Executive Director of Support Services, noted that the company gives absolute priority to its CSR based on the desire to ensure the improvement of the standard of living of the indigenous and non-indigenous within its operational areas.
Engineer Omotowa’s address given; “The well-being of our host communities is paramount in our corporate social responsibility focus, and that is simply why we are here today.”
“Therefore, we present to you these basic health centers as a token of our contribution to the development of the two communities which we cherish dearly as one of our peace-loving communities.”
“On our part as a company, we will continue to seek your cooperation and assistance in maintaining peace to support our aspirations for business growth for the benefit of our people in these communities and Nigerians in general.
“Let me repeat that NGC will always encourage and appreciate communities that promote peace, dialogue and understanding in resolving any issue. This is indeed the hallmark of our community relations engagement process. We would appreciate direct contact with NGC management through our Public Affairs Department on any community issues and not through a third party. Problems are best solved where there is constant communication between entities with a vested interest, for the mutual benefit of all.
“Finally, let me call on you as communities, that this health center is yours, so we urge you to protect it by putting in place adequate security measures to protect it.”
Those who responded for both communities are Mr. Ogochukwu Nwose, Chairman of Umu-Eziogoli Community, Barr Nelson Enumah, and Mr. Kingsley Chukwutem Ndiom, Chairman of CDC, Umuseti-Ogbe, Mr. George Oliseh for Umu Odia Family /Achi.
They all commended Nigeria Gas Company Limited for the kind gestures, pledging to secure the two facilities and ensure that they both serve the gasoline they were supplied with, and also urged the Primary Health Care Board of Delta State and the two locals to work together to bring both facilities up and running in a short period of time.
In his remarks, the Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Chief Patrick Ukah and Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emmanuel Amgbaduba, who were both represented on the occasion by Ms. Gladys Priegere, congratulated NGC for establishing these community health centers. .
The SSG noted that the projects will complement the efforts of the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, who is very passionate about the health and well-being of the Deltans.
According to him; “There is no doubt that the event testified to an existing cordial relationship between NGC and the host communities (Umu-Eziogoli and Umuseti-Ogbe). With a peaceful environment, Corporate Social Responsibility can be attracted to a community”.
“Therefore, I want to appeal to both communities to maintain the cordial relations that they have shown to the company. By doing so, we are very optimistic that the company would carry out more development projects in these areas.”
“In the same vein, I have urged all businesses operating in the state to fulfill their corporate social responsibility to their host communities,” he pleaded.
In their separate remarks, the Chairman of Ukwuani Local Government Council, Hon. Rod. C. Ajede, represented by Okpor Elias and Chairman of Ndokwa West Local Government Council, Honorable Chief Goddey Obi Nzete, represented by Augustine Ogochukwu Okom, Secretary of Ndokwa West Local Government Council, applauded NGC for the gesture .
They noted that the establishment of the health care center in the two communities would go a long way in complementing the efforts of the state government to address health issues in these communities.
They both expressed their willingness to work in synergy with the State Primary Health Care Board to ensure both facilities are commissioned in the near future.