WARRIâ€”CHEVRON Nigeria Limited (CNL) yesterday said it has spent over N2 billion in support of Itsekiri Regional Development Committee (IRDC).
This comes as the company signed another N500 million re-negotiated Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMOU) with the body.
The companyâ€™s General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Mr. Femi Odumabo, made the disclosure at the Chevron Recreation Club, Warri, yesterday during the signing ceremony of the Renewal of the GMoU between the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture, IRDC and the Delta State government.
According to him, the GMoU is an important component of the Community Engagement strategies by the Joint venture that embodies Chevronâ€™s new directions in community engagement and sustainable development in Nigeria.
He said the deal is a definition of the relationship between the company and communities in its areas of operation.
Odumabo stated that the GMoU outlined the stakeholdersâ€™ commitment to participatory partnership, transparency and accountability, adding that it also builds community capacity for sustainable development, conflict resolution through due process and commitment to the rule of law.
He revealed that within the four years the GMoU had taken off, the Joint venture has supported the IRDC with over N2 billion to improve the lot of the people within the IRDC area.
He said virtually all communities under the IRDC have benefitted from projects implemented by the body using local contractors and labour.
Odumabo listed some of these projects to include initiatives in human capital development and empowerment, construction of blocks of classroom, building of cottage hospitals, concrete jetties, town halls and skills acquisition centre, amongst others.
Chairman of the IRDC, Mr. Mofe Pirah, commended the Chevron initiative but stated that what the people needed most was direct Chevron employment of its qualified graduates as a major stakeholder in the operations of the company.
He charged the federal and state governments on the need to deal decisively with criminality in the Niger Delta to put a stop to unwarranted vandalism in the name of the struggle for the development of the region , and urgedÂ militants to drop their arms and embrace the amnesty offer of the government so that the required development could be realised.
Pirah said the blowing up of key pipelines in the creeks was counter productive and charged those with arms to proceed to Abuja or Asaba to tackle the government, instead of devastatingÂ already destroyed and neglected areas for selfish reasons.