Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
THE management of Heritage Energy Operational Services Ltd (HEOSL), operators of OML 30, in collaboration with Joint Venture Partners NNPC Exploration and Production Ltd (NEPL) and Shoreline Natural Resources Ltd (SNRL) presented starter packs to 63 women and youths drawn from the Owhe Cluster 8 in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The joyous women and youths were presented with the starter packs to mark the completion of their skill acquisition programme in various fields on Tuesday July 18, 2023 at the Otor-Owhe town hall.
The General Manager, Government, Joint Venture and External Relations, Heritage Energy Operational Services Ltd, Mr. Adesola Adebawo, during the occasion, stated that the training programme and presentation of starter packs was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects of the company’s GMoU’s initiatives across OML 30 Host Communities in general and Cluster 8 in particular.
Mr. Adebawo, who was represented by the Manager Community and Government Relations, Akpomujere Edesiri, said that the beneficiaries of the training programme were selected from Otor-Owhe, Edhomoko, Emevor, Akiewhe, Erawha and Iyede communities in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.
He disclosed that a total of 1,247 youths have been trained in various skills acquisition programmes in the last five years, across OML 30.
Adebawo listed the items presented to the beneficiaries to include: 42 generating sets, 18 sewing machines and accessories kits, 12 hair dryers, five welding machines, five grinding machines, seven HP laptops, five haircut clippers, six gas cookers and one washing machine, among others.
The HEOSL General Manager admonished the beneficiaries not to trade away the items, but rather make good use of them.
He pointed out that as trainees of relevant skills, they can fend for themselves, their families and also serve as a source of employment to others.
Earlier at the ceremony, the chairman of the Cluster Management Committee (CMC), Mr. Wilfred Atunu, said that the total value of the starter packs waa about N24m.
He noted that the Heritage Energy Operational Services Ltd and its Joint Venture Partners deserve commendation for their initiative.
He charged the beneficiaries to make good use of the starter packs for their benefits, urging the beneficiaries should count themselves lucky to have been chosen among several others.
Atunu also appealed to HEOSL to consider youths of the cluster who are graduates for job opportunities.
The Joint Venture Partners comprising: Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Exploration and Production Ltd (NEPL) and Shoreline Natural Resources Ltd (SNRL), in their goodwill messages at the ceremony, lauded HEOSL for undertaking the capacity building programme on behalf of the JV.
They, however, appealed to their various host communities to create and sustain an enabling environment for the oil companies to do their businesses without hindrance.
In the same vein, the representative of National Upstream Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Mrs. O. F Akpojisheri, also commended HEOSL for the noble initiative and urge the company not to relent in impacting the host communities in their area of operations.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Priscilla Okah, who received catering starter packs, while responding on behalf of others, expressed gratitude to the company, but urged them not to relent in carrying out programmes of this nature.
Dignitaries at the ceremony included the Odion of Emevor, HRH Dr. John-Holt Ologho, former Secretary to the State Government/Head of Service to Delta State government, Sir Simeon Efenudu, Chief John Araka, Navy Captain Hermas Efenudu (rtd) and various president-generals who make up the communities in Cluster 8.