By Michael J. Ekokoruwe
The Delta state Governor, Elder Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori this week Wednesday in Ughelli, Ughelli North Local Government Area commended Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited ( HEOSL) operator of the OML 30, the joint venture partners and the Community Development Board ( CDB) for the number and quality of projects completed as the Board marks one year in office.
Represented by his Oil and Gas Commissioner, Olorogun Vincent Oyibode, the Governor lauded HEOSL and the Board ” for these kind of projects completed and commissioned that are in line with the Delta state Government’s MORE AGENDA.”
According to the Governor, “if all Oil Mining Lease Community Development Boards and the Oil companies are doing these kind of projects with their Corporate Social Responsibility, various Host Communities will experience peace and development”.
Governor Oborevwori applauded HEOSL, the joint venture partners and the Host communities for their cooperation, development and noted that government is elated with what they are doing.
The first Anniversary ceremony of the OML 30 CDB which held at its office in Ughelli kicked off on Monday 27 November, 2023 with the commissioning of completed projects and the inspection of others ongoing across the Clusters that make the oil block.
The Community Development Board (CDB) of the OML 30 being operated by Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited (HEOSL) on behalf of the Joint Venture Partners this week Wednesday 29th of November, 2023 marked its first year in office at Ughelli, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State with the commissioning of several projects across the clusters that make up the oil block.
Some of the commissioned projects include, 4 units self contain apartment in Orhoakpor community, 60 units market stalls/abattoir and Town Hall in Afiesere, Ugbokodo-Okpe community market, 3 Bedroom Bungalow and 3 Guests houses in Ubeji community.
Other projects commissioned include, Okporo-Oleh Community Hall for oil and gas landlords, Emede community market stalls and 2 and 3 housing units for oil and gas landlords, Odiologbo of Okpolo-Enhwe Palace, Odiologbo of Olomoro residential building, Chief Henry Ojogho road and Uzeva road, Oleh.
In his address, the chairman of the OML 30 Community Development Board (CDB) High Chief Iduh Amadhe said that “We have been able to complete over 100 projects in our host communities while several others are ongoing with many at advanced stages. Other areas where the Board has also done well include training/capacity building and provision of starter packs to hundreds of participants from across the 12 Clusters”.
He further said that “The Board has engaged the operator on strategic areas like acceptable employment quota and contracts to our people as well as issues bothering on spill management and protection of our environment within the extant laws governing the oil industry”.
He said that the CDB equally appreciate the management and staff of Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited (HEOSL), the Joint Venture Partners _ NNPC E & P Limited and ẞNRL for increasing capacity and willingness to live up to their Corporate Social Responsibility at all times.
He noted that “It is our wish that they should up their game to continually improve on the standard of living of their host communities and workers.
In his goodwill message, the Chief Executive Officer Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited (HEOSL) Ado Oseragbaje who was represented by Jeremiah Oharisi, Head Community Relations, said that HEOSL, as the operator of the Joint Venture Partnership (SNRL & NEPL), is proud to be associated with the 112 host communities comprising the Isoko, Ijaw, Itsekiri and Urhobo ethnic nationalities in Delta State.
He added that “We recognize the importance of economic empowerment and human capital development. To this end, 10% of the GMoU mandate fund has been dedicated to Capacity Building Programmes for youths and women in the host communities and upon the completion of the skills acquisition training, the beneficiaries are given starter pack items”.
He also said that HEOSL is also committed to supporting education through scholarships for secondary and tertiary students from the host communities as well as offering industrial training placements for tertiary institution students.
In a goodwill message, the CEO of Shoreline Natural Resources Engr. Tunde Karim, who was represented by Engr. Philip Egbe said that the projects commissioning and the unwavering commitments to the growth of OML 30 have not gone unnoticed, stating that the leadership of the CDB has been a driving force behind the positive changes witnessed in the asset and applauded their efforts in fostering a thriving and sustainable community.
He emphasized that Shoreline Natural Resources Limited values the partnership with the CDB as a veritable ally of promoting growth and transforming OML 30.
Good will messages also came from the representative of the Delta state Solicitor General, Barr. Emamuzo Erebe and the Ministry of Justice as well as Zonal Director of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, all eulogising HEOSL , the JV partners, the Board for striking a fruitful synergy for smooth operation in OML30.
The colourful anniversary celebration also featured the popular Ughelli Ima cultural troupe as well as the Queen Odogwa led cultural dance group and the cutting of the anniversary cake.
Dignitaries present at the event include: various Presidents General of OML 30, HRM Joseph Isike the Odiologbo of Olomoro Kingdom and the representative of the Ovie of Ughelli who is the chairman of OML 30 traditional rulers, top management staff of HEOSL and OML 30 CDB Members among others.