By Festus Ahaon
UGHELLIâ€”AN indigenous oil company, Pillar Oil Limited, Kwale, Delta State, yesterday donated a set of computers and printers to Utagba Ogbe Grammar School, Kwale and Girls Grammar School, Umuseti, Ndokwa West local government area of the state.
It also donated books to Modern Primary Schools 1 and 2 as well as drugs to the Kwale General Hospital, Kwale.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony, the Managing Director of the company, Mr Spencer Onosode, disclosed that educational assistance was also given to deserving students in Kwale and its environs.
He said the company was the fourth out of twenty-four marginal fields to put its oil field on production, having been awarded farm-out rights by the federal government in 2003 under the marginal field programme.
According to him, the programme is an initiative design by the government to engage the pool of high level technically competent Nigerians in the industry to participate in small fields that had hitherto been operated by international oil companies.
Onosode maintained that â€œbeing your brotherâ€™s keeper is a time-honoured value.â€
He expressed the hope that the materials would be utilized expeditiously, and noted that it was in the interest of the oil companies operating in the Niger Delta to have a holistic and realistic plans for the development, participation and engagement of local communities without compromising safety and standards.
He urged oil companies to develop a participatory approach that would reduce mutual suspicion and promote peace and rancour-free working environment.
Onosode said the company, along side its ongoing contribution towards educational assistance within the communities, was also in the process of designing skill acquisition programmes that would benefit the communities.