Shell Plc complete, commissions Oloibiri health programme Phase-2

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The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has commissioned the phase-2 of the comprehensive healthcare projects it executed for the people of Oloibiri and other communities in Ogbia Local Government area of Bayelsa State.

The Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, led other officials of the state government and the oil firm to open the state-of-the-art facilities.

Speaking during the commissioning of the project,Governor Diri said that corporate social responsibility of every organization means doing well, therefore, Shell has done well. 

“You are impacting the lives of the communities, of people, and of the government of the state. You have done so well today, and we commend you. You are investing in education and in social development in Ogbia to improve the quality of life of our people,” Governor Diri said.

Also speaking, the Managing Director of Shell and Chairman of the firm in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, the project is to further show the company’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of the communities which play host to the firm.

“The projects are to serve as a reference point for sustainable primary health care delivery, which is the foundation for the attainment of the Universal Health Coverage as prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“Oloibiri holds an important place because when the narration of Nigeria’s oil and gas journey is told, it will always be mentioned that here, in 1958, Shell Nigeria, made the first commercial find of hydrocarbons. Shell Companies in Nigeria, therefore, share a momentous tie with the Oloibiri community and it is our desire to leave impactful memories here,” Okunbor said. 

The project according to Okunbor comprises the Oloibiri Health Campus at Oloibiri Town; the Drug Distribution Centre at Emeyal II; a 400-metre Oloibiri access road to the health campus, and the Ogbia Safe Maternal and Infant Care Programme.

He recalled that Phase one of the programme was inaugurated in 2019 as part of Shell contribution Nigeria’s universal health coverage for its host community, Oloibiri.

According to a report by Champion, Phase one comprised the remodeled and fully equipped General Hospital in Kolo; fully equipped laboratories in the College of Health Technology, Otuogidi; and solar-powered water treatment facilities for the communities. As part of the programme, 100 indigenes of Ogbia, were also selected for the Special Shell LiveWIRE programme for economic empowerment.

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