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CSR: NNPC/Seplat JV Gives Back To Host Imo Communities

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The NNPC/Seplat Energy JV has kicked-off the 2023 edition of the Eye Can See Programme (East­ern Asset) in Owerri, Imo State, The Eastern Updates reports. 

The initiative is the signature Corporate Social Responsibili­ty healthcare programme of the NNPC/Seplat Energy JV, designed to provide quality eye care for people in its host com­munities.

The programme which is supposed to tar­get men, women and chil­dren with eye problems aims to ensure the provision of free eye care, visual aid and surgical treatment for Cataract within NNPC/Seplat Energy operation­al communities.

This is in line with Sustain­able Development Goal (SDG) 3, purposed to deliver Good Health and Well Being, to ensure healthy lives and promote well­being of all at all ages.

Mrs. Ibi-Ada Itotoi, the Man­aging Director, Seplat East On­shore Limited, in her welcome address, noted that the Eye Can See initiative is part of the projects executed by the joint venture partners every year, as­suring that the programme will be back next year, with improve­ments from feedbacks.

This outreach is a way of saying ‘Thank You’, for allowing us to operate in your communi­ties, for cooperating with us and for having your representatives at the various fora, because without your cooperation, there is no way we can operate and we sincerely appreciate that. There is no greater joy for any human being than to see that, because of what you are doing, some­one’s life is being improved,” she added.

‘The Chief Upstream Invest­ment Officer (CUIO), NNPC Upstream Investment Manage­ment Services (NUIMS), Bala M. Wunti, represented by Mrs. Halimat Wilson of the agency, noted that, “This (Eye Can See programme) is a significant moment in our annual calendar year, as history is always made, not only for the NNPC Limited/ Seplat Energy but for the entire beneficiaries, host communities and the nation at large.’

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He further expressed grati­tude to the men, women, youths, community leaders, traditional rulers, Imo State Government and other stakeholders who have supported the NNPC/ Seplat JV operation all these years.

In his speech, the Commis­sioner for Niger Delta Affairs, Imo State, Dr. Henry Okafor not­ed that, “There are multifarious oil companies operating in Imo State and the state government is watching keenly, on how each of these companies perform. And I must tell you that Seplat is one company that has been very consistent and doing very well in Imo State. So, on behalf of the people and government of Imo State, particularly the hy­drocarbon areas in Imo State, we want to thank Seplat for keeping your promise.”

He also advised the company to keep the state government abreast of its other CRS activ­ities in the state, as the govern­ment is keeping records. “Our Governor is happy with you and whatever you need to make your operations go smoothly will be assisted, because we also need the 13% derivation accruable to the state government from your production.

Other objectives of the Eye Can See initiative include to provide free optical treatment at all levels to members of the communities, reduce cases of permanent loss of vision, pro­vide free reading glasses and treat other related eye problems, educate patients on ways to care for the eyes and how to detect Glaucoma and also educate patients on lifestyle changes required to reduce the rates of Hypertension & Diabetes.

The initiative which com­menced 12 years ago has deliv­ered 96,411 eye treatments, dis­pensed 45,074 reading glasses and performed 4,218 surgeries. In the JV’s Eastern Asset, where the programme was introduced in 2017, 16,546 persons have been screened, 7,737 Eye glasses dis­pensed and 577 surgeries per­formed.

The ongoing programme is planned to screen 3,000 persons, perform 150 Cataract surgeries and provide 2000 reading glass­es.

The Eastern Updates

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