Oil giant, Total E&P Nigeria Limited, has promised continued support for the people of its host communities of Oil Mining Licence (OML) 58 in Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles.
The company’s Deputy Managing Director, Deep Water District, Engr. Ahmadu Musa Kida, made the promise shortly after being bestowed with a chieftaincy title by the Eze Egi of Ogbaland, HRM Prof. Anele Nwokoma at the weekend.
Musa-Kida bagged the chieftaincy alongside Engr. Joel Hervochon, a French citizen, who is the Executive Director, Deep Waters of Total; Sir Blessing Nwaerema and Dr. Ifeanyi Obulor who are both indigenes of Egi Kingdom.
Musa-Kida stated that Total sees itself as a citizen of Egiland, and that whatever affects the people affects the oil firm.
He solicited the continued support and understanding of the communities and lauded the monarch for his capacity in always keeping the peace and creating a favourable atmosphere for the oil multinational to operate in his domain.
“From Total E&P, you can be assured of our continued support because Total is one of the citizens of Egi land. Whatever we do, we cannot separate Egi from Total anymore.
“So your problems, our dear king, are our problems. What worries us also worries you,” he stated.
Musa-Kida who spoke on behalf of other recipients, thanked the Egi monarch for the honour of inaugurating them into his council of chiefs, noting that though the upgrade programme of the OML 58 was not easy, the company did what was best for the Egi kingdom.
The Tide reports that the OML 58 upgrade programme launched by Total E&P Nigeria Limited was designed to increase gas production capacity and also increase oil and condensate output.
In his remark, while presiding over the coronation, Eze Wokoma recalled that when problem almost ensued during the OML 58 upgrade programme, the trio of Musa-Kida, Engr. Hervochon and Sir Nwaerema ensured that what was due to Egiland came to the area.
“Without the three of them, we will not have what he have today in Egi. I have also been told that we should expect more,” he stated, adding that Dr. Obulor, the fourth recipient of the chieftaincy title, was at the forefront of doing things right as a pathfinder.”
The monarch assured that the Egi chiefs were “going to do innovative things to show that we are not only traditional rulers, we are digital rulers.”
The Tide reports that Musa-Kida was conferred with the title of Obuu Egi Elu of Egi Kingdom, (great developer of Egi), Engr. Hervochon with Ezukwu Uzu of Egi Kingdom, (great friend of Egi), Chief Nwaerema with Akohlu Uche of Egi, (think-thank of Egi) and Obulor with Ochana Okpo of Egi kingdom, (the pathfinder of Egi).
By: Dennis Naku