The oyigbo Local Government Council has pledged its preparedness to partner with the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in ensuring improved living condition of the people.
Chairman of the council, Hon. Felix Nweke stated this at the flagging-off of the cancer awareness campaign organised by the Shell Petroleum Development Company at Okoloma, Afam.
According to him, the campaign on cancer indicates that the company meant well for communities, especially women in its operational areas.
It also signifies that the SPDC is responsive to the yearnings and aspirations of the people, the council boss said and pledged the council’s support to the programme.
The chairman who was represented by his deputy, Hon Dave Onyeagorom thanked the company for its kind gesture and called on other multinational organisations to borrow a leaf from the SPDC by attending to the needs of the people in their areas of operation, pointing out that by so doing, they would have been supporting government programmes and policies.
Flagging-off the campaign, the Regional Community Health Manager of the SPDC, Dr. Babatunde Fakunle explained that the programme was in line with the International Cancer Week of the United Nations, noting that October was declared as International Cancer Month by the UN.
Dr. Fakunle repreented by the Public Health Adviser to the company, Akinwumi Fajola said the gesture was part of the campaign’s commitment towards improving the healthcare delivery system in the area.
Also speaking, the Operations Manager of the firm represented by Engr. Emmanuel Arisha who described the Okoloma Afam as a peaceful community, observed that the programme would help to improve the healthcare services of the community, while the Special Adviser to the Oyigbo Local Government Council on Women Affairs, Mrs Oluchi Onyedinma urged the people to avail themselves of the opportunity by going for test.
The programme features free HIV/AIDS test, malaria treatment amongst others activities.