Oando Energy Resources, (a subsidiary of Oando PLC) and Energia Limited, the Operator of their Joint Venture – Ebendo/Obodeti Marginal Field (OML 56) has commissioned and handed over multi-billion Naira infrastructural projects to six host communities in Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State.
The projects include a newly built health centre; housing estate; fully furnished community town hall; two new and fully furnished palaces; an integrated drainage system and roads and rural electrification for the benefit of the communities of Ebendo, Obodougwa, Umusam, Isumpe, Umusadege and Ogbeani.
The projects are an actualisation of the promises made by the Joint Venture in an agreed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the host communities for the exploration and operations of the Ebendo/Obodeti oil field. These newly commissioned projects are in addition to the 35 other social and infrastructural projects worth over N2 billion delivered over a 10 year period in line with the MoU. Projects have included the Ebendo Community Ultra-Modern Market, the Isumpe Community fully furnished Ultra-Modern Town Hall, and the provision of community buses and a robust Welfare Programme through a Trust Board for elderly community members.
Speaking at the commissioning, the Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Hon. Freeman Fregene, said; “The existence of Oando and Energia has brought rapid developments to these host communities. The performance of these companies reflects on the developmental strides of the communities and it is worth emulating at all levels”, he said.