25 September 2012, Sweetcrude, PORT HARCOURT – TO address challenges of poverty in the Niger Delta, Total E & P has said it would give more attention to human capital and entrepreneurial development.
Speaking while commissioning an SME development network centre at Obite, Egi arts/cultural development centre also at Obite and Egi technical workshop at Erema, Rivers State, the Deputy Managing Director, Mr Denis Berthelot, said the firm in the last few years had been emphasizing on the need for a shift from infrastructure to human capital and entrepreneurship development.
He said communities would develop more through conscious involvement of the people in economic development projects and programmes.
He added that the projects would stimulate enterprise development activities in the area. He enjoined the people to make use of the opportunities created by the project effectively.
Earlier, the President General, Egi Peoples Assembly, Chief Oris Onyiri, had assured that the community would continue to create the needed atmosphere for the oil giant to operate.
He further enjoined the firm to assist to grow Egi language and culture, adding that they should be taught alongside French language in the area.