23 November 2017, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, TEPNG, Mr. Nicolas Terraz, has disclosed that he company has commenced the implementation of the new Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, it entered with Egiland.
He made the disclosure during a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of Egiland, His Royal Majesty, Prof. Anele Nwokoma, the Eze Ogba Ukwu of Ogbaland.
Terraz assured the host community of the company’s readiness to drive development in the area.
He explained that the company was proud to identify with the people of Egiland, adding that Total would continue to sustain the existing working relationship in order to usher in meaningful capacity building.
According to him, “Over time, we have worked together to deploy our sustainable development strategy in Egiland, using partnerships, capacity building, community based institutions and community driven developments as vehicles for our relationship.
“Sadly, we experienced a glitch in terms of development with the spate of youth unrest which plagued our common destiny.
“However, I feel very happy today for the improvement and gradual return of peace in Egi Kingdom because without peace development will remain an illusion.”
The helmsman of Total also commended the King of Egiland and the host communities for successfully entering into another MoU with the firm, stating that the company has already commenced its implementation.
“May I therefore, use this opportunity to once again congratulate you and indeed all Egi people on the recent signing of the Memoranda of Understandings with the Egi clan and the Egi Oil and Gas Producing Families and Communities.
“These instrument have been the vehicle through which we have launched our development initiatives.
Today we have three main MoUs running between Total and the Egi people and I am happy to confirm that implementation has begun,” he added.
Responding, the traditional ruler, HRM Prof Aniele Nwokoma, appealed to the firm to establish a French University in the area.
King Nwokoma, who commended Total for the visit to his palace, said that the implementation of the new MoU if achieved would bring a turnaround in the area.
He assured that the people of the Egiland would continue to sustain the good relationship they enjoy with the oil company.