TOTAL E&P Nigeria Limited (TEPNG) will, on Monday September 14, 2009 present the Egi Community Integrated Sustainable Development Plan to stake holders in its host communities in OML 58 area of Rivers State .
A statement released by Fred Ohwahwa, the companyâ€™s Manager â€“ External Communication disclosed that the ceremony which will take place in Port Harcourt , the Rivers State capital, is expected to attract functionaries from the state and local governments, officials of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), traditional rulers and opinion leaders from the communities, and a host of other development partners.
The Egi Community Integrated Sustainable Development Plan is a paradigm shift in the approach to community development by Total in its operating areas. It keys into the national development plan at both the federal and state levels â€“ the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS), the Rivers State â€™s State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (SEEDS) and the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan.
A product of the collaborative efforts of the company, its host communities and other development partners, the Egi Community Integrated Sustainable Development plan provides a clear framework for sustainable development of the communities. It also sets out implementation guidelines to â€œassist the people of Egi Land to pursue a planned and structured route to a better quality of life.â€
It is envisaged that the plan will be implemented during a 15_year period, and it has been designed to develop both the physical and human resources of the Egi people.
According to the working document, the vision of the plan â€œis consistent with the Egi peopleâ€™s development vision: to live and grow in a quality community that is economically self_reliant, peaceful and environmentally safe, with a people who are ready to contribute to their own development and the well_being of the larger society.â€
The plan covers areas such as education and training; capacity building and skills training; agricultural development; infrastructural development; environmental improvement, civil society and institutional development, etc.