Total Exploration and Production Nigerian Limited said it had commenced the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding it signed with Egi Community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The Oil Firm also said it regretted that the battle for supremacy between two cult groups in ONELGA had affected its operations and Development of the area.
Terraz, who said he was happy that the spate of kidnappings and killings in the area was reducing, said the company was proud to identify with the Egi people. He added that Total would continue to sustain the existing working relationship in order to usher in capacity building.
He said, “Over time, we have worked together to deploy our sustainable development strategy in Egiland, using partnerships, capacity building, community-based institutions and community-driven developments as vehicles for our relationship.
“Sadly, we experienced a glitch in terms of development with the spate of youth unrest, which plagued our common destiny. However, I feel very happy today for the improvement and gradual return of peace in the Egi Kingdom because, without peace, development will remain an illusion.”
Terraz also commended Eze Egi and the residents for successfully signing another MoU with the firm, noting that the oil giant had already commenced its implementation.
Responding, Eze Nwokoma thanked Total for the visit and noted that the implementation of the MoU would bring a turnaround to the area.
Nwokoma also appealed to the firm to establish a French university in Egiland, saying the residents of the area would continue to sustain the good relationship they have with the oil firm.
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