Green Energy International Limited, GEIL, and its Joint Venture, JV, partner in the Otakikpo oil field project OML11, Lekoil  Oil and Gas Investment Limited, and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Center For Communication, USA has signed an agreement for the implementation of a development programme in its host communities in Rivers State Niger Delta of Nigeria

During the project sign-off meeting in Abuja, Chairman of Green Energy, Professor Anthony Adegbulugbe, disclosed that the programme, which cost the company about N145M would particularly focus on community health interventions, driven by John Hopkins University Center for Communication Programmes.

The Chief Executive Officer explained that the project is expected to run for a period of two years in Ikuru Town and foursome communities of Ugama Ekede, Ayama Ekede, Asuama, Asuk Oyet with the possibility of expansion to other communities, in Andoni Local Government if the pilot project succeeds.

According to him, the overall objective of the programme is to improve the quality of life of beneficiaries by ensuring access to quality basic healthcare, promoting the adoption of healthy behaviours and empowering young people to achieve their aspirations.

He added that it would also improve knowledge and functional literacy on key household practices, KHP, child growth and development, disease prevention, care seeking behavior, compliance to treatment regimes by Children, youth, women among others.

Adegbulugbe noted that the intervention would further promote the health and social behaviours of our host communities in anticipation that the already aligned ,milestones and expected deliverable would be achieved.

He said, “In addition, the project would ensure primary healthcare centres in host communities are functional and well-equipped to respond to the health needs of the communities, including reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, RMNCH.

“As a leading indigenous oil and gas company, we believe that our partnership with John Hopkins University (JHU)Centre for Communication Programmes to deliver on the “Community Connect Programme”would create a pathway to improve and strengthen the host communities health system around the provision of RMNCH services through supportive supervision, mentoring, the unique 72-hour clinic makeovers, whole site orientation, WSO, and performance improvement plans.”

The chairman of Green Energy commended the Rivers State Government for its support towards the programme, while he expressed optimism that that the programme with Johns Hopkins University would contribute to the improvement of the health status of the people .

He said having conducted yearly medical interventions for the people of the area for 4 years, the company felt the need to have a more robust health intervention strategy giving to poor health infrastructure available.

He solicited the support of the state in the area of provision of medical personnel and requisite infrastructure during the implementation of the project.

The Portfolio Director of JHU CCP in Nigeria Dr Mojisola Odeku in her remarks stated that the Centre was excited to partner with the oil & gas company to implement the company’s desire to uplift the living conditions of the people of the host communities. She said with its 40 years of operations in the country, this was the first time it was being invited by a marginal field operator for collaboration on social and health intervention which underscores the human development focus of the Otakikpo joint venture.

The Centre promised to achieve the goals of the program using the best practices of the United Nations and other world development agencies. She said the JHU has a track record of performance in working in the Niger Delta area particularly working with Government and non governmental organizations.

In another development Chairman of Green Energy Prof Adegbulugbe has said that the construction of the $12millon dollars LPG plant in Ikuru town has reached advanced stage.

Adegbulugbe who spoke on the sidelines of an event to mark the official project sign-off meeting between GEIL and John Hopkins University Centre for Communications, Nigeria, said the shipment of the equipments to Nigeria from the manufacturing company in China is soon to commence after a successful Factory Assessment Test ( FAT) has been conducted in China by the DPR.

The plant according to him is part of the gas utilization program of the company to ensure zero gas flares in the area and boost the economy of the local community by producing domestic cooking gas . Also the installation of the 6 MW gas to power project is on going, he said.