Total Nigeria plans empowerment scheme for internally displaced persons
Urges Borno to establish solar firm
Total Nigeria is considering designing a training programme in various skills and provision of starter packs for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yobe and Borno states.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy visit to the Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, in Abuja, the Managing Director/Chief Executive, Total Exploration and Production (E&P) Nigeria Limited, Nicolas Terraz, said the company was planning to initiate an economic empowerment programme that would help restore the IDPS to their normal lives.
He said: “We are also considering other ways of assisting the IDPs such as training in various skills and provision of starter packs, to enable them engage in economic activities that would restore them to their normal lives.” Terraz further urged the Borno State government to participate in on-going discussions with some northern states on establishment of solar energy companies in the region.
“We are a global leader in solar energy through our affiliate company, SunPower. We are interested in investing in solar projects and currently discussing with some northern states governments.
“This is another area where we could consider cooperation with Borno State, to contribute in addressing the power challenges in the country while providing employment to the people,” he said.
Terraz explained that the decision to build the hospital is part of the company’s support to the states that are facing tremendous securities and humanitarian challenges due to the Boko Haram terrorism in the region.
Speaking on how the company decision to contribute its quota to alleviate the challenges faced by the region, Terraz said: “I am happy to inform you that after a thorough re-appraisal of the situation on ground, we have decided to support the North-East further by deploying four units of maternal referral centres, which will serve as specialist hospitals designed to cater for women and children in the region.
“Two of these units will be located in Borno State with each unit estimated to cost N150 million.”He added that the company is convinced that the hospitals will go a long way in addressing the health care needs of not only Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), but also other inhabitants of the areas.
Responding, Governor Shettima commended the company for the gesture, stressing that apart from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which had shown support to the region in recent times, Total is the first multinational oil company that has shown solidarity to the plight of the people since terrorism began in the region.
The Governor stated that the provision of hospitals and economic empowerment programmes would in the small measure help curb the incident of insurgency in the region. He then promised to liaise with the governors of the other states include in the project for the quick facilitation.