An indigenous oil company, Moni Pulo Limited, has empowered over 70 indigenes of its host communities in Mbo local government council, Akwa Ibom State, with business start-ups, motorcycles.
The two benefitting communities are Effiat and Mbo, as the oil giant described such kind gesture as part of it’s Corporate Social Responsibility.
Speaking at the weekend, the Chief Executive Officer of Moni Pulo Limited, Dr. Seinye Lulu-Briggs, noted that the gesture became necessary to facilitate worthwhile transformation of the communities thus robbing off on individual members.
Represented by by the Head of Administration and Community Relations of the company, Mr. Alabo Clifford, she explained that despite the challenges in the oil sector, the company has continued to invest in the well-being of the its host communities.
According to the company management, building capacity of youths of it’s host communities would go a long way to cushion the economic impact on Niger Delta youths thereby addressing restiveness in the region
“As you would attest, Moni Pulo has had a long standing and very healthy relationship with you, the people of Mbo local government area. Since 1999, we have been in your lives working, working to leave positive footprints in your area. MPL’s Corporate Social Responsibility package is structured along four core areas of education department, skill acquisition and empowerment, infrastructural development, sports and social welfare.
“This is the 12th cycle of our Community Empowerment Programme, and it is designed to empower 70 business start-ups from within Mbo Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State.
“We have a passion for transforming communities and catalyzing personal and communal growth in a sustainable manner, which is why corporate social responsibility is a core corporate value that we cherish.
“We have done and will continue to do this because we know that ultimately our work is about people, the men, women, youth, and children of Mbo and Effiat.
“As we present our brothers and sisters in Mbo and Effiat communities with equipment to start up their businesses, our belief is that livelihood will be secured and enhanced; and hope will be restored and self esteem greatly improved”.
Moni Polu thanked the Akwa Ibom state government, the people of it’s host communities and Mbo local government as a whole for the peaceful working environment the company has enjoyed so far, noting that such was not taken for granted.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Power and Petroleum Development, Dr. John Etim commended the oil company for its numerous scholarship awards and empowerment of the host communities.
Etim appealed to Moni Pulo to consider training the host communities on skills that are relevant in the industry to integrate and make them major players in their petroleum sector.
“I will appeal to Moni Pulo to develop a conscious plan of employing and integrating indigenes of the host communities into managerial and directorate positions in the company”.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Jeremiah Effiong who spoke with our correspondent, expressed appreciation to the oil company for it’s kind gesture, adding that he would make good use of the empowerment largesse.
Another beneficiary, Boniface Etim said the empowerment package would help him to generate daily income to enable him take care of himself and his family, assuring that the youths of the area would continue to cooperate with the company for peace to reign in their communities.