NGC to Reward Peaceful Communities
19 Aug 2006
Author: Omon-Julius Onabu
Nigerian Gas Company Limited (NGC) in an ostensibly move to curb the spate of youth restiveness especially in oil producing areas of Niger-Delta, has commenced a scheme designed to encourage communities that promote peace and order through the provision of certain projects within such communities.
The company's Managing Director, Mr. Chris Osa Ogiemwonyi, stated this yesterday at the official commissioning of a four-classroom block which was built and donated to the Urhuwhorun community in Udu Local Government area of Delta State.
He said NGC was committed to meeting the gas requirements of Nigeria in the area of power generation, industrial fuel and as feedstock in metallurgical or steel industries, agriculture and food processing as well as domestic use and urged for support from Nigerians.
Ogiemwonyi observed that it was a deliberate policy of the company to contribute meaningfully to its host communities. He said "Orhuwhorun community is benefiting from the construction of this block, which cost over N2.5 million, because it is supportive of NGC operations within its domain."
The NGC boss, while promising a further donation of 100 tables and chairs, in response to remarks form one of the community leaders at the occasion, assured, "this is the beginning of what we will be doing for Orhuwhorun community in future (because) NGC will always encourage and appreciate communities that allow its operations to run smoothly."
"NGC, therefore, wishes to solicit for the support of communities in ensuring a peaceful, safe and conducive environment in all its operational areas," he noted, saying more communities were expected to similarly benefit from time to time within the limited resources of the company.
On the importance of gas to any particular nation's industrial and domestic life, Ogiemwonyi revealed that the company, in its pilot scheme "has connected Natural Gas to NNPC Housing Estate and Clinic as well as SPDC (Shell Petroleum Development Company) Housing Estate at Edjeba and Ogunu for running air conditioning systems and gas cookers." Similarly, "over 30 NGC vehicles and 20n SPDC (West) vehicles have been converted to run on CNG and petrol."
The NGC, which is a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) charged with the responsibility of "transmitting and marketing natural gas and its derivatives to the domestic market and the West Africa sub-region," and has facilities in over 80 communities spread across Edo, Delta, Rivers, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Ogun and Lagos sates.