08 April 2014, Lagos – As part of its Corporate Social Responsible, CSR, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, Mobil Producing Nigeria branch has provided a modern health care centre for the people of Ilasan in Eti-Osa Local government in Lagos.
The health center project according to PENGASSAN is part of its giving back to the society initiative.
Chairman PENGASSAN Mobil Producing Nigeria branch, Comrade Jude Nwaogu who spoke during the formal handing over of centre in Lagos said as employees of Mobil Producing Nigeria, giving back to the society initiative was instituted as a means to reach out to the less privilege.
He explained that ?the initiative has been in operation over the years but gave out perishable items like food and consumables to less privilege homes in the country at the initial stage. He added that “we felt that we need to do things people can really see and can be sustained and the community can enjoy it.
“We have done series of things even SOS village in Isolo, we undertook training of five students for a period of five years. In Eket we built a one story building hostel for Gosple village, that is a kind of motherless babies homes for them.
“Today what we are doing is donation of a health center for Ilasan village in Lekki. So it is actually borne out of the desire to reach out to the less privilege,” he said
Explaining the reason why Ilasan was chosen, Nwaogu said “first of all we are doing it in all the location where Mobil have their presence, we have Lagos, we have Eket, Rivers State and so on.
“For Lagos State, it will not make sense for us to go to areas where people already have these amenities of life, so we decided to look for a community where people will actually appreciate these because they need.
“It was in that search that we got this Ilasan village. We reached out to them, they were very excited, the Local government chairman was very cooperative, in fact the land was actually donated directly by the local government chairman, then we started the project,”
Commenting on the cost of the project, the PENGASSAN MPN branch chairman explained that because of the nature of the environment “we really spent much more than we anticipated, we spend in the neighbourhood of N15 million because the ground itself was waterloo and you know what that means.
“We started with casting, and you can see that we raised it very high even the floor itself is like window level of most houses in around here, so it was an average if N15 million plus.