Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has commended Midwestern Oil and Gas (MWOG) for a remarkable contribution to the growth of its host communities through its many Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.
Okowa, who made the remark during the inauguration of the Amenity ward in Kwale General Hospital and that of the rehabilitated Akala street, as well as the award of 40 scholarships to students, noted that Midwestern Oil and Gas, has over the years been a partner in the development of its host communities.
Represented by his Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, Okowa remarked that consistently, the oil company had been showing acts of commendable corporate social responsibility.
He further promised that as a result of the company’s CSR record, there would be continued partnership with government just as government would ensure that its operations and activities in the state enjoy maximum protection.
“We are happy to say that Midwestern Oil and Gas has continued to be responsible in joining hands with government to develop its host communities. And I can therefore assure them that they will never regret coming to Kwale for their exploration activities,” Okowa said.
Earlier in his address, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Charles Oditah, said the company has established a tradition of partnering the communities in its operation area by assisting in various areas of need like provision of road networks, provision of transformers to boost electricity supply, provision of solar-powered boreholes, building of and equipping blocks of classrooms, offer of scholarships, as well as training youths in various skill acquisition schemes, among others.
He further noted that the 20-bed Amenity ward at the Kwale General Hospital which was commissioned last Monday to provide additional comfort and privacy to patients “was constructed and fully equipped by the Midwestern JV as part of its contribution to improving health care facilities and economic development of the people of our host communities. In the same vein, we undertook the full rehabilitation of the Akala Road”, adding that, “we also have many other ongoing projects that we will also commission in a couple of months.”
Oditah who tasked the host communities to always co-operate with the company by ensuring that they also mount surveillance on the safety of oil facilities in the area to forestall vandalism, crude theft and all such vices that affect profitable production, informed that the scholarship scheme offered to the students drawn from both the community and across the state carries annual price of N150,000 to aid in the tuition, books and academic expenses of beneficiaries.