Succour came to 533 indigents of Oil producing communities under OML 26 as the beneficiaries were empowered with various starters pack and grants worth millions of naira and market money.
The beneficiaries drawn from host communities Isoko South, North, Ughelli North and Ndokwa East government areas of Delta State smiled home with Starters packs given to 254, 128 Grants, Market money 151 totaling 533 beneficiaries.
In his welcome address, Chairman of OML 26 Community Development Board (CDB), Prince Johnson Akpomalue, commended the management of NPDC/FHN26 AMT Joint Ventures for keeping to their promised by paying all outstanding GMOU fund as soon as possible.
He noted that the 3rd edition of the Capacity building Man Power Training/ Empowerment programme is targeted to enlighten and empower the beneficiaries which includes; students in secondary schools, tertiary institutions, market women and artisans that have learnt various trades including agricultures on how to manage their various trades.
According to the CDB chairman Prince Johnson Akpomalue, “Since inception of this CRC/CDB, this August body have empowered in all a total of 1,146 beneficiaries as follows: Starters packs 672, Grants 323, Market money 151. This programme is financed with allocation from the OML 26 2017/2018 and first half of 2019 GMOU fund.”
On his part, the Community Manager Affair’s AMT, Mr Blessyn Okpowo, expressed satisfaction over the level of transparency exhibited by the CDB members in ensuring that they managed the resources given to them by the company judiciously, commending them for a job well done.
He added that, “NPDC/FHN26 AMT Joint Ventures are putting measures in place to fulfill the earlier promises made to host communities under OML 26 by providing constant power supply to them. By December this year, the first face will be completed and it will be commission.”
Mr Okpowo also appealed to Aboh traditional ruler and the entire indigenes of Aboh to ensure that the community give enabling environment to the company in its operations in order for the company to fulfill its GMOU to the host community.
He also appealed to the beneficiaries not to sale the Starters packs given to them, adding that, “By the next empowerment programme, the company will give 100,000 to 10 beneficiaries who establish their various trades in order for them to expand their business.”
Some of the Communities President Generals who spoke with this reporter, commended the Company and the CDB members over the empowerment programme, assuring the CDB members and the company that monitoring teams will be set up by the various communities to ensure that the beneficiaries put what they received today into use.
Highlights of the third edition, Women and Youth Empowerment/Capacity Building Programme was two lectures delivered by guest lecturers with topics; “Nigeria at a Cross Road: Entrepreneurship the way out” by Dr Kelvin Egberi and “The need for Entrepreneurship in Record keeping and Time budgeting” by Mrs. Eloho Osevwe-Okoroyibo. As well as the distribution of the Starters packs to each of the beneficiaries.