EXXONMOBIL affiliate, Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited, EEPNL, in production sharing partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company, SNEPCO, its co-venturer on the Erha North Phase II Development, EPC2, has built and donated community assistance projects worth more than N100 Million in six communities in Lagos, Ondo and Rivers States.

The projects include a community town hall and water purification plant in Onne, Rivers State; water purification plants for Igbologun 1 & 2, Igboeseyore and Igbosu communities in Lagos State and the reconstruction of a community market and water purification plant for Igbo-Egunrin community in Ondo State.

Speaking at the official hand-over ceremony for the CAP projects donated to Igbo-Egunrin community in Ondo State recently, John Unietis, project executive, who was represented at the occasion by Tunji Obawole, technical manager, EPC2, EEPNL, said the projects signified “yet another important step we have taken as an organization to improve living conditions in communities across Nigeria through investment in such infrastructure as clean and safe drinking water, as well as the promotion of economic well-being of these communities through various support schemes and initiatives.”

Obawole said the water purification plant “is meant to improve the overall well-being of the community through the provision of clean, potable water thereby reducing the incidence of water-borne diseases in the community, along with their negative consequences,” adding that it was based on the Meckow Aquapur technology, which meant the plants could be powered by solar energy; could purify over 24,000 litres of water daily and is also durable.

He further said the EEPNL undertook the reconstruction of the Igbo-Egunrin community market to improve economic activity in the community, adding that as “the major market in the Ilumeje axis of Ilaje local government area, we believe the reconstructed market will help improve the economic well-being of the communities it serves through the provision of this enhanced operating environment.”

Governor Segun Mimiko of Ondo State, who was represented at the occasion by Banke Sutton, chairperson of the Ondo State Micro-Credit Agency, expressed appreciation to the ExxonMobil for taking the lead to come to the community’s assistance through the projects donated. While commending the company for supporting the state governor’s vision of building conducive market spaces for traders, Sutton promised that her agency would avail loans to traders who are interested and qualified towards improving their businesses.

Philip Kalejaiye, traditional ruler of Igbo-Egunrin, thanked the ExxonMobil for the projects donated to the community, noting that they would uplift the living conditions of the community as well as improve economic activity through the reconstructed market.

Erha North Phase 2 Development is an extension of the existing Erha sub-sea system and infrastructure currently producing to the existing Erha.

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