17 February 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The NNPC/Total E&P Nigeria Joint Venture has boosted government’s rehabilitation efforts for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, ravaged by insurgency in the North East with a donation of $500,000.
The donation made as part of the NNPC/Total E&P Nigeria Social Corporate Responsibility, CSR, was given to the Nigerian Red Cross.
Total, in statement, said the intervention plan was launched on December 1, 2015 in Gombe State, one of the areas affected by the insurgency.
“This initiative which is part our social responsibility is in support of efforts to improve conditions in the camps and help the affected persons return to their livelihood,” said Mr. Nicolas Terraz, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Total Nigeria.
“The NNPC/Total E&P Nigeria Joint Venture is deploying some resources to assist in this direction and has chosen the Nigerian Red Cross Society as our partner in implementing this initiative,” Mr. Terraz added.
He was represented by the Executive General Manager (Corporate Social Responsibility & Medical Services), Mr. Vincent Nnadi.
Representatives of NNPC – National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, the Gombe State Government and the Presidential Initiative for the North East, PINE, witnessed the presentation.
The initiative is a 12-month intervention programme designed to achieve short term relief through the distribution of food and non-food items to the very vulnerable groups of female-head households, widows, orphans, the infirm and the aged.
It will also support livelihood activities of the able-bodied to accelerate their economic recovery and self-reliance.
“The initiative will boost psychosocial support activities like provision of safe playing and learning spaces for the children and restoration of family links for families torn apart, among others.
“Broaden the scope and reach of community health activities like immunisation, malaria prevention and treatment of ailments; and provide safe and adequate water supply, environmental sanitation and personal hygiene promotion,” the statement noted.
The Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, who received a delegation of the company at his palace in Gombe the state capital, commended Total’s initiative in supporting efforts to rehabilitate the IDPs.