A Review of the Nigerian Energy Industry

Seplat provides water, electricity to communities in Edo, Delta

Festus Ahon & Godwin Oghre

14 August 2012, Sweetcrude, UGHELLI – AS part of its social responsibility to its hosts, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Limited, based in Sapele, Delta State, has commissioned several motorized water borehole projects across oil producing communities of the state and Edo State.

The projects included two 11/500kva step-down transformers and street lights in Okeregbagha and Okunumerhe quarters of Amukpe community; two water projects at Ogbe-Ogume, Ogbagu-Ogume, Elume, Ogiedi-Elume, Ituru-Elume in Delta State and two water projects at Iguelaba and Oben, and renovated block of classrooms at Oben primary school.

At Iguelaba community in Orhiomwon Local Government Area, Edo State, where a water project was commissioned, the chairman of the community, Mr. John Odia, noted that the water project was supervised by the company and was completed to specification.

At Amukpe community in Sapele Local Government Area, the company installed an 11MVA step down transformer and another 500KVA substation transformer to boost power generation in the area.

At Oben community, also in Orhiomwon council, the company commissioned three water projects and renovated a community primary school,
Secretary of the community, Mr. Johnbull Omokaro, who doubles as Seplat Communities of Operations Development Committee Secretary, said, adding that the projects were supervised by the company’s engineers and completed to specification.

Omokaro hailed the company for renovating the community primary school and enhancing teaching and learning condition of staff and pupils of the school. Human Resources Manager of the company, Mr. Mike Akeh, who represented the Base Manager, Prince ChukwumahIgelenyah, said the projects were facilitated by a Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMOU, which the company had entered into with its host communities.

He added that the GMOU provided for “win-win” collaboration with direct participation of the representatives of the communities in projects from inception to completion, with emphasis on due process, empowerment and human capital development.

Meanwhile, the company has been commended by the Oba of Benin. The monarch, represented by a senior palace chief, Chief Gauis Aigbogin, who is the Imuokpan of Benin Kingdom, told Vanguard that the royal father was grateful for the spread of infrastructural projects across Edo communities and enjoined other multinational oil companies to emulate the stride of Seplat Petroleum, so as to give Edo communities face lift.

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  • While we commend Seplat for its efforts. We believe that Nigerian operated exploration and production companies must rise above the norm in its engagement with host communities – by carrying out community development in a more sustainable manner. We have seen all of this attempt at community development before and it led to nowhere, that is why we are still where we are.