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Seplat holds free eye-care campaign in Benin City

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SEPLAT CEO, Austin Avuru

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc., operators of the NPDC/SEPLAT joint venture has concluded the seventh edition of its annual Eye Can See Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, which held last month in Benin City.

The Eye Can See programme is a health focused community engagement, which concentrates on bringing free and comprehensive eye care to members of its host communities. This programme witnessed a large turn out from within and outside the city as many showed up to have their eyes checked, obtain prescription glasses or get operated upon to remove vision impairing cataracts.

On hand to receive the SEPLAT delegation led by the CEO, Mr. Austin Avuru, were chiefs led by Chief S.O. Obamwonyi, the Esere of Benin Kingdom, who represented the Oba of Benin. Obamwonyi thanked SEPLAT for supporting and enhancing the physical and mental wellbeing of members of their host communities and pledged his kingdom’s support to the company and its initiatives.

Speaking on the initiative, Avuru said the project is part of the company’s yearly Corporate Social Investment programmes and its objective is to make quality health care accessible to people in Delta and Edo states, particularly the company’s host and impact communities.

Over 57,000 patients have benefitted from the programme, which started in 2012 and which has since dispensed 26,855 reading glasses and successfully performed 2,725 eye surgeries.


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