By Ediri Ejoh
ExxonMobil affiliate, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, MPN, operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC/MPN Joint Venture, has announced plans to invest over N13 billion (about US$43 million) in three sectors mainly health, economic empowerment and education, in Akwa Ibom State in the next 18 months.
The projects include a technical skills centre in Ikot Akata, a trauma centre at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital and an engineering complex at the University of Uyo.
Speaking at the event, Paul McGrath, Chairman and Managing Director of MPN, said: “These investments will provide long-term health, education and economic benefits to many in our communities. We will continue to work closely with the government of Akwa Ibom State as part of our commitment to communities where we operate and help to improve quality of their lives.”
Also speaking at the event, Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, represented by Hilary Akpan, said the choice of the projects came after effective community engagement and consultation for viable impact.
However, the governor of the state, Mr Udom Emmanuel, who did the official ground-breaking ceremony and inspected models of the proposed community assistance projects, expressed his readiness to provide all necessary support and enabling environment for the successful completion of the projects.