Oriental Energy Resources Limited, a leading indigenous oil firm, is committed to safe operations and sustainable development of its host communities in Akwa Ibom State, the company has said.
Uwem Ite, head of community and government relations, told journalists in Uyo, the state capital, that Oriental Energy places a high premium on its corporate social responsibility. The company has undertaken many social investment initiatives and programmes within its host communities, he said.
The programmes include annual free medical outreach, scholarship awards to students in tertiary institutions as well as the multi-million-naira 100 housing units called “Oriental Village, currently under construction in Enwang, the headquarters of Mbo Local Government Area. Others are the enterprise development scheme, and support for University of Uyo’s Departments of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering, among others.
Oriental Energy Resources has developed and maintained a close working relationship with relevant government agencies, community based and nongovernmental organisations as well as other sustainable development actors at the three tiers of government, Ite said.
“We conducted a one-week free medical outreach in July this year for 4000 beneficiaries drawn from Effiat, Enwang, Uda, Ebughu and Udesi communities in Mbo Local Government Area and its environs,” he explained. The beneficiaries included traditional rulers, men, women, youths and school children. Free medical supplies were distributed including pregnancy kit bags for 200 expectant mothers as well as dental and hygiene kits for school children, he added.
Under the company’s annual scholarship scheme for students from the communities in tertiary institutions, more than 850 have received financial support since 2009 from Oriental Energy to complete their education through the scholarship programmes. He added that 65% of the of the awards went to indigenes of Mbo communities in the 2018/2019 academic session.
‘It would also interest you to know that in 2017, we launched a 700-million-naira modern residential estate in Enwang, the headquarters of Mbo Local Government Area. The secured estate named “Oriental Village Mbo” is currently under construction and consists of 100 housing units, six learning centers and a clinic will be powered by a solar electrification system. When completed, the housing units will be given to free to the beneficiaries from Effiat and other Mbo communities in in the state, Ite said.
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