By Michael Eboh
Green Energy International Limited, operator of the Otakikpo marginal field in Oil Mining Lease, OML, 11, has undertaken a medical outreach in its host communities in Andoni Local Government in Rivers States as part of its critical programme to improve the socio economic well-being of the communities.
In a statement in Abuja, Green Energy stated that the outreach which was supported by its technical partners, Lekoil Oil and Gas investment, saw about 2,000 indigenes of the communities benefiting.
Speaking at the flag off of the programme, Medical Consultant for the programme, Dr. Christopher Obiorah said the outreach involved host communities of the Otakikpo marginal field which are Ikuru town, the principal landlord and other host communities, comprising Ayama Ekede, Ugama Ekede, Asuama and Asu Oyet, and neighboring villages in Andoni Local Government Area.
He stated that the treatment offered free of any charges include medical diagnosis and examination, free eye treatment and distribution of glasses, dental treatment, deworming of children, and surgery for critical ailments.
He added that critical drugs and insecticide treated nets were also given to the beneficiaries,while food items such as rice and beverages were given to community elders, women, and youths for the yuletide.
Obiorah said the surgeries had been most successful with few referrals of emergency cases to University of PortHarcourt Teaching Hospital.
Also speaking, the Director of Sustainable Development for Green Energy, Mr Ayo Olojede, said the programme which commenced since 2015 will be sustained as part of the corporate social responsibility of the company for the well being of the citizens of the host communities.
He said the company which started production from its two wells in February 2017, consider the medical outreach as a critical programme to improve the socio economic development of the host communities and pledged his company’s support to finance further surgical operations for those referred to the teaching hospital.
In his own remarks, the Okanma of Ikuru Town, His Majesty, Aaron Ikuru who was excited at the medical care extended to his people, commended the company for always investing in the well-being and development of his people.
He said the company’s gesture is appreciated by all and sundry considering that the company despite being a marginal field has continued to invest in human development, a critical activity that has been neglected by many oil companies.
Speaking in the same vein, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Community Trust Fund for the four communities, Chief Gadd Harry, said many people who had been suffering ill health had been liberated by the company ‘s gesture.
He pleaded with the company to assist In providing medical personnel for the many abandoned health centers in the area.