As part of efforts to improve the living standard of its host communities, Chevron Nigeria Limited has donated an ultra-modern cottage hospital at Izombe and has also embarked on educational and electrification projects to improve the living standard of people in its areas of operation.
The projects built by Jisike Regional Development Foundation under the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) signed between NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture and the affected communities are the Umunwama Cottage Hospital, two electricity projects – installation of two 500 KVA Transformers and HT and LT distribution lines, toilet facility and Educational support projects in Umunwama Girls’ Secondary School as well as training of 20 youths at the National Metallurgical Training Institute Onitsha, Anambra State.
The JRDF, which was founded in 2005 to represent Obeabo and Umunwama autonomous communities had entered into an agreement and signed the first GMOU with Chevron Nigeria Ltd, the Imo State government in 2005 to identify a framework within which Chevron, JRDF, Imo state government and other stakeholders can operate a climate of mutual understanding.
Chevron’s General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs of Chevron, Mr. Deji Haastrup, said the company was satisfied with the JRDF since the GMoU was signed and expressed the company’s determination to better the lives of the people of the area.
He also thanked the state government for successful management of the hospital through the deployment doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, adding that the government had already appointed Dr. J.O. Daniels as the Chairman of the Hospital Management Board to oversee the management and implementation of all policies that would facilitate the smooth running of the centre.
Haastrup added that the GMoU had continued to meet its objectives of making communities take the driver’s seat in their development and ensuring huge empowerment and capacity building opportunities come to the people.
However, the commissioning of the project encountered some hitches as the Jisike Regional Development Foundation (JRDF) was said to have failed to obtain the consent and approval of the traditional ruler of the community, Chief Chijoke Collins Egwuagu.
A community leader, Mr. Sunday Miller Iroakanuno, who briefed journalists after the incident accused the JRDF of disrespecting the traditional ruler by first not seeking his consent before the event was fixed.