The Managing Director, Oriental Energy Resources, one of the leading indigenous oil and gas companies, Mustafa Indimi, has expressed the commitment of the company to contribute to the attainment of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to him, the core focus of the company’s investment in social interventions includes developments in community health, education, capacity building, human capital and sustainable community development.
Indimi spoke during a capacity building programme on sustainable community development planning and management organised by the oil company in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
Represented by Head of Community Relations, Uwem Ite, the Managing Director said,s completed and ongoing social investment initiatives embarked upon by Oriental Energy Resources were “designed and developed to contribute towards the achievement of the UN’ SDGs”.
He cited the girl-child menstrual health outreach programme carried out last month by the oil company for secondary schools puils in Akwa Ibom in line with SDGs 3, 4 and 5.
The training, which was attended by community representatives and stakeholders from oil producing community in Mbo Local Government Area centred on “community needs assessment and prioritisation for implementation”, “establishing and sustaining relationships with donor agencies” and “role of non-governmental organisations in community development”.
Others are “sourcing external funding for community development, contracting and procurement processes”, among other community-related empowerment initiatives.
The workshop included lectures, interactions, syndicate works, case studies and audio-visual aids, which Unyime Robinson, the Principal Consultant of the facilitator, Kunnysons Konsult, said is aimed at ensuring efficient learning.
Earlier, Robinson had expressed hope that at the end of training, participants would gain knowledge on diverse areas that could add impetus to personal socio-economic development of participants and overall community development in many aspects.