TotalEnergies and its partners have inaugurated projects in Borno, Benue, Kaduna, Gombe, Delta and Anambra states as part of the oil marketing company’s Batch 4 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects.
A statement hoisted on the company’s website on Sunday indicated that the projects comprised fully equipped solar-powered science laboratory, water treatment plants to solar-powered ICT centre and a borehole.
One of Nigeria’s leading oil companies stated that while the Federal Government Girls College, Gboko, Benue, received a fully equipped solar-powered science laboratory, Nawfia community in Anambra got two solar-powered borehole and a water treatment plant.
This is even as it confirmed that a fully equipped solar-powered ICT centres with mini theatre were built at the Federal College of Education, Kongo, Zaria, Kaduna State, and the Doma community in Gombe State.
Other communities it listed as beneficiaries of the projects include, Jere community in Borno State where also a solar-powered women development and skills acquisition centre was commissioned and handed over to the community.
According to the company, the centre has four training rooms, 15 desktop computers, 34 sewing machines, 400 sitting capacity auditorium, 15KVA generator, staff quarters, catering unit and other facilities.
TotalEnergies Upstream Companies in Nigeria’s Managing Director, Mike Sangster, listed the company’s partners as including, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd, China National Offshore Oil Corporation , Prime 130 and Sapetro, adding that the collaboration is in furtherance of their CSR initiative to positively impact lives of its host communities in Nigeria.
According to him, the projects were initiated based on the need to mitigate the gaps in qualitative and technical education, maternal and child health, access to clean water and women and youth empowerment.
The industry expert said: “The projects are in congruence with the related United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. The locations of these projects have also been very carefully chosen for maximum impact, coming from a need assessment carried out before the deployment.
“As already mentioned, the project we are commissioning today is one of the several projects being deployed across the entire country. Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we could not be physically present with you today.
“However, we have adopted this efficient and effective remote commissioning strategy to ensure delivery of all completed projects. As we hand over the project to you today, we implore you to ensure its sustainable use to impact on the people positively”, Sangster added.
In his remarks, Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Bala Wunti, said the projects would mitigate the hardship faced by the locals especially women and children in the area In obtaining clean and portable water.
He expatiated: “In NNPC, our vision for social intervention is to continue to operate in an ethical and sustainable manner and deal with the environment and social impacts occasioned by our activities.
“We pride ourselves in our slogan `We touch your lives in many positive ways’, hence the approval for the deployment of various CSR projects by our operators across the country for maximum impact.”
“NNPC will continue to consistently champion the implementation of Sustainable Community Development projects that will positively impact the lives of the citizens of this country”, the NAPIMS boss added.
The General Manager, Prime 130, Mr. Luc Vanson, who spoke on behalf of the partners, said: “On behalf of the partners, we are proud to identify with the project as we want to make sure that Nigerians have access to quality education, clean water, and international standard healthcare system.”