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Uzodimma urges protection of Shell’s facilities in host communities

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (middle); Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma (left) and his wife, Chioma (right) at the governor’s first year anniversary interdenominational church service in Owerri…yesterday


I will leave Imo better than I met it, governor assures
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has appealed to indigenes and residents of oil producing communities in Ohaji/Egbema Council to protect the completed or undergoing facilities embarked upon by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Petroleum and Environment, Dr. Ikechukwu Njoku, cautioned them against stealing the installed equipment and structures built by the SPDC in their areas, stressing that anyone caught would be prosecuted.

The communities are, Assa, Obili, Obiti, Obile and Obosima in Ohaji/Egbema Council, among others.SPDC’s External Relations Manager (Lands), Dr. Chibuzo Anyim, External Relations Manager (Projects and Opportunities), Dr. Banji Adekoya and Spokesman of the company, Michael Adande, among others, accompanied Njoku on the inspection tour of projects.

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Uzodimma lamented that the sumo installed at the borehole sunk in one of the schools in the area was vandalised and appealed to the people to protect the facilities and structures, so as to enjoy more of Shell’s projects, as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Speaking, Anyim, said the company earmarked N1.3b to provide the communities with necessary facilities and allow local contractors to build them in its quest to implement local content in projects execution.

He explained that the company had built market stalls, civic centres, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centres, health post and school buildings, among others in the last five years, saying the funds released for such projects had exceeded N342m.

He also disclosed that the Assa North Gas Development Project, which started over a year ago, had employed no fewer than 200 youths from the communities.

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Anyim hinted that on completion it would produce 300 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and electricity generated from it would be distributed to the communities and the Obiafu-Obrikom-Oben pipeline network.

MEANWHILE, Uzodimma has assured Imo people that he would leave the state better than he met it at the end his time as governor of the state.

He stated this, yesterday, during an interdenominational church service at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, to mark his first year anniversary in office, stressing that although he did not receive any handover note from his predecessor, his administration had embarked on several people-oriented projects.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Idris Wase, Governor of Yobe State and the Interim Management National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mai Mala Bumi, among several others, attended the event.

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