Port Harcourt — Youths from OML58 host communities have said that the corporate social responsibilities carried out by Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, TEPNG, are incomparable with other oil multinationals.
President, Egi Oil and Gas Youths, Mr. Prince Obodo, speaking in Egi, Ogba/Egbeama/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, commended the French oil firm for being the government to the people of OML58 host communities.
Obodo particularly commended Total for equipping secondary school students in Egi and other OML58 communities, with computer knowledge to write the upcoming 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
He likened TEPNG to the government of the area, in terms of provision of basic amenities and empowerment of people of the host communities.
According to him, “Total has done so much for Egi communities. From giving our students the basic computer training, because there is no field today that computer is not relevant.
“It is no longer news that Total’s corporate social responsibility cannot be compared with any other oil multinationals operating in Egi or other places in the Niger Delta.
“Total has done very well in our communities. All the schools you see in the 17 communities of Egi clan, were being built by Total. All the good internal roads and drainages we are enjoying today in Egi, were built by Total.
“We are enjoying 24/7 power supply in Egi, because of Total. Hence, there is no business that cannot thrive in Egi clan, as a result of steady electricity.
“The pipeborne water we have in Egi, which is more potable than what you buy in the markets, all came from Total. I don’t know how to thank the management of Total.”
The Egi Oil and Gas Youths urged other Oil multinationals operating in the region to step up their corporate social responsibilities to their host communities, while also appealing to TEPNG to do more.
“The only thing I will promise them is that, for us to have received all these things and still receiving, is by creating a very good and conducive business enabling environment for Total to operate in Egi.
“Total always meet us at the points our needs. When the Federal Government said UTME cannot be written without computer, did they provide computers for the candidates in rural areas to learn? If not for Total, how would it have been possible for our children to have the basic computer knowledge to scale through in their UTME?
“Inasmuch as we now have what would have been impact of the government in Egi in terms of provision of basic amenities and empowerment through Total, we are still pleading with them (Total) to do more.”