Posted by News Express | 27 November 2020 | 735 times
The Dodo River Communities Development Association in Ekeremor Local Area of Bayelsa on Thursday said it spent a total of N77.87 million on community development in 2019 fiscal year.
Chairman of the association, Mr. Francis Amamogiran, who spoke at the 8th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the group said the fund came from Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) as development obligation under a Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU).
According to him, the association generated a total income of N93.93 million in 2019 slightly higher than the N82.56 million it garnered in 2018.
He said that N35.19 million was spent on direct project expenditure while N12.27 million on general and administrative costs, N23.34 million on scholarships while N7.06 million went for Community Engagement Management Board (CEMB) administrative expenditures.
“This AGM is a means of demonstrating one of the GMoU objectives which is transparency and accountability. This will enables have the desired trust of our people in our dealings as we carry out our stewardship function.
“We will not stop to call on government at various levels, the local government in particular to be fully involved to encourage, guide, monitor and provide necessary support in community development planning and implementation,” Amamogiran said.
Also speaking at the event, Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, General Manager in charge of Public Affairs at CNL, applauded the association for successful management of the development process and achieving community empowerment and sustainable development.
Brikinn, who was represented by Mr. Elijah Bikikoro, Team Lead at CNL, assured that despite the harsh global environment for the energy sector, the oil firm remained committed to meeting its social obligations to its host communities.
“We are glad that Dodo River Community Development Association has executed and commissioned several development projects, including concrete walkways, potable water, town halls, electricity power project and others.
“It is also heartwarming to note that the association has trained hundreds of persons in diverse vocational skills in addition to a special economic empowerment as well as adult education programme for women and scholarship for students from the communities,” Brikinn said.
Secretary of the association, Mr. Mark Christmas, applauded members of the host community for their peaceful disposition and use of dialogue which resulted to the award of peace bonus by CNL.
Representatives of Chevron host communities comprising youths and women, traditional rulers in Ekeremor Local Government Area attended the meeting held at Dodo River Communities Secretariat in Yenagoa.
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