Chevron Nigeria says it has been working in over 400 Niger Delta communities on development projects since it signed the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMOU) with communities in the area.
The Tide gathered that 22 projects worth over N482 million financed by the company were inaugurated on Thursday in the communities located in Brass and Southern-Ijaw local government areas of Bayelsa State.
The General Manger, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Engr. Femi Odumabo said in Yenagoa on Friday in a message to the 2nd annual general meeting of the KEFFES Rural Development Foundation (RDF), that the arrangement had brought peace and prosperity to the area.
Represented by Michael Abbey , Odumabo said the programme had proved to be a workable instrument of enhancing social and economic transformation of rural communities in the region.
He commended the communities for their openness and the transparent manner in handling the programme and assured them that the foundation would enter into productive partnership with all stakeholders in the region.
Odumabo urged the communities to adhere to the principle of the programme and commended the Bayelsa government for its commitment to the smooth implementation of the GMOU.
In his remarks, Acting Chairman, RDF Board, Chief Jeremiah Leghemo called on Chevron to create employment for qualified youths of the communities to curb restiveness.
Leghemo also sought for increase funding of the RDF to enable it to cover more communities to ensure sustained peace in the region.
He noted that the RDF had brought peace to the company and urged it to also consider awarding contracts to qualified indigenes of the area.