Elcrest E&P Nigeria Limited has presented various relief items to two communities in Gbetiokun, Delta, recently affected by oil spill.
The company made the presentation on behalf of itself and the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), operator of the OML 40 Joint Venture (JV) to Beresibi and Eghoro communities.
This is contained in a statement yesterday by Elcrest’s Community Relations Coordinator (CRC), Ewoma Agba.
According to Agba, the gesture is to ameliorate the effects of an oil spill from MT Harcourt (a vessel used by the JV to store produced crude oil before export) in Gbetiokun (OML 40).
He said the donations, which were a combination of cash and materials, were part of its social citizenship covenant with host communities.
The Coordinator explained that the donation was consistent with the company’s corporate social responsibility commitment to positively impact host communities and the environment.
“We have noticed with utmost dismay the impact the spill brought to Gbetiokun. The JV being a reputable organisation is responsible and responsive to the plights of the community where it operates.”
He expressed the company’s empathy with the communities’ plight as the oil spill affected vegetation and surface water which are the major sources of their livelihood.
He charged the communities to be resilient and urged the leaders to ensure judicious distribution of the relief materials to those in dire need, adding that the JV would monitor the exercise.
We have noticed with utmost dismay the impact the spill brought to Gbetiokun. The JV being a reputable organisation is responsible and responsive to the plights of the community where it operates.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO), Beresibi Community, Stanley Ekwejunor-Etchie, was quoted as expressing the community’s appreciation of the JV partners’ gesture to alleviating the plights of the people.
Ekwejunor-Etchie also called on other corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals to emulate the kind gesture by supporting the affected communities.
Similarly, Eghoro Community’s PRO, Bemigho Ebosa, also lauded Elcrest’s representatives for ensuring the delivery of the materials.
He also appealed to government at all levels, oil companies, and other relevant agencies to prevent a repeat of such occurrence which threatened the lives and economic mainstay of the community.
The Chairman, Ureju community, Eniyan Henry Tonwe, also appreciated the company’s gesture and its partners and assured that the items would be properly distributed.