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NNPC/SPDC JV AND THE COMMUNITY By: Bunmi Lawson

Otu-Jeremi Bakery and Restaurant

The Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMOU) strategy for deploying development projects to host communities has afforded NNPC / Shell JV the opportunity to carry out several projects thereby improving relationship and delivering Sustainable Community Development projects.

The GMOU strategy allows Communities to determine the projects to be executed and take ownership of them. This framework has continued to gain grounds and is yielding dividends in Communities where it has been deployed.

One of such Communities is the Otu –Jeremi Community in Delta State. Two of their projects; the Ultra Modern Bakery and the Town Hall were completed in the 4th quarter of 2013. These were certified by NAPIMS Officials during the field inspection exercise carried out in October 2013. The
Ultra Modern Bakery was constructed and furnished, while the Town Hall was renovated for the purpose of income generation for the Community.

In the same vein, in December 2013, the Tarakiri Cluster Development Board (CDB) in Bayelsa State launched a light marine vessel that will help boost water transportation and commerce in Agbidiama community. The vessel was built by Mordant Marine and commissioned at Kidney Island, Port Harcourt under the GMoU community interface model.

To ensure safe and sustained operations, youths from the area have been trained and certified by NIMASA and other relevant government agencies to operate the vessel. The Tarakiri CDB was inaugurated in 2010 and has since embarked on various initiatives including scholarship awards. The CDB has received over N600m from SPDC JV since the GMoU agreement was signed in 2010.

Another laudable project is the replication of the Obio Health Insurance Scheme in Nembe Community.

SPDC JV has inaugurated Community Health Insurance Schemes in collaboration with other Communities in Obioakpor and Rumukurusi in Port Harcourt.

On 7th November 2013, the SPDC JV launched the Nembe Community-based Health Insurance Scheme tagged “Repositioning Equitable Access to Comprehensive Health Services in Nembe” (REACH – Nembe). The programme, in collaboration with the Nembe Community Development Foundation (NCDF) and the Bayelsa State Government, is modelled after the highly successful Obio Community Health Insurance Scheme that was initiated in 2010 as a Public Private People Partnership (PPPP) – a community-driven initiative on the platform of the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU).

Before inauguration, the provider facility, Nembe General Hospital, had undergone a major infrastructural and systems upgrade while SPDC JV had also undertaken the training of hospital personnel in readiness for the insurance programme.

The scheme is expected to provide affordable health care services to the participating Communities, improve the standard of living and be mutually beneficial to the Operators, Nembe City and its satellite Communities.

More than 6,800 beneficiaries had already registered for the Insurance Scheme.

Each enrollee in the scheme pays N7,500 per year.

This amount has been subsidized by the NCDF through the GMoU funds, where N5000 comes from GMoU funds, N1000 through funds from Community indigenes (led by HRM, Dr. Edmund Daukoru) and the remainder N1,500 to be paid by beneficiaries.

Since 2006, SPDC JV has spent over N12billion in implementing projects in 16 clusters in Bayelsa State under GMoU agreements.

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