In line with the existing Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 34 which the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC) inherited from the former operator, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), the company recently commissioned three projects in Owhrode community. These projects will accelerate the growth and development of the community.
The projects commissioned include: Ewheya Hall for the women folks with 1000 plastic chairs, 20 plastic tables and 6 tent canopies; a block of three classrooms and dual desks at Owhrode Mixed Secondary School and a 500 KVA Transformer/Substation balancing of load/erection of units of existing substation.
Addressing the community shortly before commissioning the project, the Managing Director of NPDC, Mr. Anthony Muoneke stated that the projects were part of the NPDC/Community Investment Programme aimed at promoting sustainable development and peaceful co-existence in the company’s operational areas.
According to the MD who was represented by the former Community Relations Supervisor, Mrs. Sylvia Willie, NPDC the adoption of the long term approach known as the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) has given the communities more responsibilities in deciding how investment funds are managed. He added that the GMoU has also provided a platform for building mutually beneficial relationship with the communities as well as creating enabling environment for business continuity and growth.
“The new community development/interface model based on the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) was entered into with the various communities in Udu cluster to encourage more development at the grass-root level. It will continue to serve as an interface between the community and NPDC”, he said.
In his response, the President of Owhrode Community, Reverend Markson Ohiarekurhe expressed gratitude to NPDC and its joint venture partner, ND Western for their developmental initiatives in Owhrode. He admitted that the completion of the projects has as a matter of fact addressed the various challenges facing the community. He also called on members of the community to continue to be peaceful in order to attract more developmental initiatives to the community. The ceremony was attended by the Chiefs, women folks, sons and daughters of Owhrode from all walks of life.
Owhrode is a pipeline community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State. The field is being operated by NPDC on behalf of the NPDC/ND Western Joint Ventures who funded the projects.