Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) Unlimited, ExxonMobil Nigeria affiliate in Joint Venture (JV) with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has put smiles on the faces of many less privileged people with the donation of N23 million to 8 different Care Homes, and handed over two completed water supply projects with treatment and solar systems worth about N17 million to Special Education Center, Oron Road, Uyo, Uyo Local Government Area (LGA) and Idagha Secondary School, Nung Oku, Uruan LGA all in Akwa Ibom State.
Speaking at the events, Regina Udobong, manager, Public and Government Affairs, (MPN), congratulated the beneficiaries for providing a conducive environment for the contractors to deliver on the projects on schedule, quality and budget without any incident. "In this very challenging business climate, collaboration is the only key to stability that is required to continuously create value for all," Udobong stated.
She further added that "the expectation is that future maintenance will be handled by the beneficiaries now the projects have been handed over. The leaders need to ensure that the delivered facility is well maintained to continue to provide water for the two communities.
In addition, she mentioned that, "the gesture will support the upkeep of the children and disabled in the homes, assist towards provision of basic resources, and upgrade of facilities at the centres.”
"The homes were carefully and objectively selected on the basis of needs assessment, and in response to requests for support earlier submitted to MPN by the homes," Udobong noted. "These donations reaffirm the JV's commitment to support the social welfare of Akwa Ibom State, and this is a fraction of MPN's corporate social responsibility contributions to the State and the country at large.”
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The high point of the event was the presentation of cheques to the representatives selected from each of the following homes, Motherless Babies Home, Mkpok, Onna Local Government Area (LGA); James 1:27 Orphanage Home, Esit Eket, LGA; Band of Hope Orphanage Home, Okon Eket, Eket, LGA; Daughters of Charity Service Centre for Inclusive Education, Uyo, LGA; St. Louise's Special School, Ikot Ekpene, LGA; St. Anthony's Destitute Centres, Uyo, LGA; Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Hospital, Etinan, LGA; and Handmaid's Prince of Peace Orphanage Home, Uyo.
In their remarks, representatives of the 8 benefitting homes commended the JV partners for playing a major role in the lives of the less privileged people in their various homes, for always reaching out to their aid, and for the general contributions to the development of Akwa Ibom State. "The donation is so valuable to us. It will alleviate our struggles to cater for the social, physical, educational, health and spiritual wellbeing of physically impaired children," said Ngozi Aluka, director, Daughters of Charity Services Centre for Inclusive Education. "We are very thankful to Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited."
Some of the projects include N8 billion contribution towards the re-construction of Eket-Ibeno road, which was paid in full in 2015; N6 billion worth of Special Community Projects 2 in eight Akwa Ibom State communities - these are currently ongoing; Ibeno beach enhancement; and upgrade of University of Uyo Engineering Faculty and construction of a functional Trauma Center at University of Uyo Teaching Center, Uyo.
The beneficiaries pledged their support and thanked the JV partners for the gesture. Nkereuwem Ikon, Director, Pre-primary, Primary and Special Education (PPSE) Directorate, took delivery of the project at Special Education Center, Oron Road, Uyo; while Ime Essien, Vice Principal (Admin), took delivery at Idagha Secondary School, Nung Oku, Uruan LGA.
Over the years, the NNPC/MPN Joint Venture has contributed significantly to the development of Akwa Ibom State, particularly, in the areas of social development, human capacity development, education, health, sports, water supply, electricity, roads, infrastructure development, and economic empowerment.