Chevron Nigeria Limited has organized its first Regional Development Committees (RDCs) best practices workshop in Port Harcourt.
According to Engineer Femi Odumabo, General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs, (PGPA), the event which took place at Sasun Hotels Port Harcourt, last Friday, “is to strengthen the Global Memorandum of Understanding, (GMoU) between the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture, within the Regional Development Committees (RDCs) neigbouring the companies operations in the Niger Delta”.
Engineer Odumabo, who was represented by Mr. Joe Jakpa, Port Harcourt Area Manager, Chevron, said the event also provided opportunity to showcase the accomplishment by the 8 RDCs under the GMoU and for them to share their experience in the implementation by the Community Engagement Model, the Global Memorandum of Understanding, (GMoU). The RDCs, according to him, include, Itsekiri, Egbema-Gbaramatu and Ilaje, in the company’s operation in the Western Niger Delta, and the Idama, Kula, KEFFES, Dodo River, and Jisike RDCs, in Eastern region of the Niger Delta. He added that the GMoU involves a broad range of stakeholders, including representatives from state and local government in all five states, the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) and the ongoing support of some notable Nigerian Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs).
He identified the key principles underlying the GMoU concept as; Participation, partnership and stakeholder engagement, transparency and accountability, sustainability Assurance Conflict resolution and monitoring and evaluation.
He expressed satisfaction that the GMoU has helped to create an environment of trust and transparency, and this is to a large extent reflected in the local content initiative of Chevron which has instituted community driven development in the clusters of communities neighbouring the company’s operations.
In his presentation, Chairman Idama RDC, Innocent Karibo, commended Chevron for the initiative, which he said will further enhance the cordial relationship existing between the company and it host communities.
Also speaking, Secretary, Egbema, Gbaramatu Central Development Council, (EGCDC), Rev. Imeleye Emmanuel, also lauded Chevron for providing a platform for stakeholders to deliberate on GMoU best practices.
He listed some of the challenges in the GMoU process to include; lack of skill manpower, inadequate fund and lack of collaboration by government interventionist agencies, such as NDDC, and the Niger Delta Ministry.
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