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Eni boosts corporate social responsibility in IDP areas

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IDP Camp in North East of Nigeria

Following the Federal Government’s request to oil and  gas  firms to provide support in alleviating the sufferings of the victims of insurgency in the North  East  region of the country, Eni in partnership with the  Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have drilled a photovoltaic powered boreholes for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities in the North East.
     
The boreholes according to them, were both for domestic and irrigation purposes, since the North East-Lake Chad crisis,  have led to unprecedented levels of population displacements and prolonged disruption of agricultural, livestock and fishing activities.
     
The said that the collaboration agreement signed by the two organisations was to foster access to safe and clean water in Nigeria as well as contribute to the humanitarian interventions for the internally displaced.
  
Commending the government on such initiative, the FAO Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Suffyan Koroma, noted that the idea would support the efforts to   rebuild livelihoods in the region, paving way for intervention strategies to cascade from humanitarian to development nexus as the insurgency ebbs out.
     
Eni’s Executive Vice President for Responsible and Sustainable  Enterprise, Alberto Piatti, said, Public-Private Partnerships like this allows institutions to leverage on the skills of the private sector, and also help companies to respond to development needs identified by institutions. “They are an opportunity to enhance the role companies can play in sustainable development,” he added.
     
The Access to Water project is the first initiative promoted in the FAO-Eni collaboration, he remarked and within the project, FAO will provide support in identifying the areas of intervention as well as give technical expertise and know-how in the targeted areas, whereas Eni will drill the boreholes and provide them with photovoltaic power systems, and training for their use and maintenance for long term sustainability.
      
“This Collaboration Agreement is an example of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to be implemented at local level. “PPP are  an essential tool in the implementation  of the 2030 Agenda  for  Sustainable  Development  adopted  by  the  United  Nations  in  2015,” he observed.  


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