An Oil firm, Amni International Petroleum Development Company Limited, operating in Eastern Obolo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, on Friday, July 12, donated a nine twin-terrace duplex two bedroom flats to three public schools in the area.
Presenting the documents and keys of the newly structured buildings to the Executive Chairman, State Secondary Education Board, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Joseph Ogbelego who spoke on behalf of the Management Board of the Oil Firm stated that the rationale behind the construction of the edifices was traceable to the host community’s hospitability and cooperation with the Company throughout their years of partnership.
He emphasised that it would be so unfair for the Company to neglect their core responsibilities towards alleviating the ill conditions of the Community after getting their unalloyed supports, hospitality and cooperation from time immemorial.
Ogbelego expressed that after the building of an ultra-modern laboratory in the schools, the company deemed it necessary to provide Staff quarters so that the laboratory could be efficiently taken care of and secured.
He concluded by explaining to the people that effective learning could be facilitated once the tutors are closer to the students thus, “the Staff quarters would make the Students learn faster”, he maintained.
He stated that the company is committed to sustainable development and cordial relationship with host community.
While acknowledging the gesture, the Executive Chairman, State Secondary Education Board in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Umanah S. Umanah, thanked the Oil Company for its magnanimity to the Host Community.
Umanah assured that no facility in the buildings will be damaged, adding that they will be properly maintained by the teachers who the buildings will be allocated to for occupancy.
He also called on the Oil Company to maintain its commitment towards its corporate social responsibility, while assuring that the State and host community will continue to give them the desired cooperation to thrive effectively.
The SUBEB Chairman however pleaded with the Oil firm to consider building perimeter fences around the school to shade and secure the premises and its contents.
Also speaking, the father of the ceremony and Paramount Ruler of Eastern Obolo Local Government, HRM Chief Harry, expressed satisfaction with Amni International Petroleum Company Limited, stating that it has been the only Oil Company in the community which has not neglected its core responsibilities for years.
He also expressed appreciation to the Company for its annual Scholarship programme, maintaining that the programme which accommodates 50 extra undergraduates yearly, runs throughout their years in school and has really relieved their parents of much stress.
The Traditional Monarch also called on the Oil Company to see that they do not only anchor their tentacles on erecting of buildings, but human capacity as well, adding that the firm should begin to consider indigenes of the community for its managerial positions in future, as well as accept Indigenous students and Youths for Industrial Attachment, and Professional Training Programmes.
The buildings are situated in Community secondary school, Iko; Okoromitta Comprehensive Secondary School, Okoroette; and Comprehensive Secondary School, Amadaka and were commissioned on Thursday, July 11 by the SUBEB Chairman, Mr. Umanah S. Umanah alongside the Paramount Ruler of Eastern Obolo, Clan Head of Iko.
Other dignitaries present were the Company Management Team led by Mr. Joseph Ogbelego, Alhaji Dafar, Alhaji Isihaku and Mr. Amos Ufit, alongside other Traditional Monarchs of Eastern Obolo, Principals of the three benefiting Schools, men of the Nigerian Police Force, a representative from the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Petroleum and Transport, Engr. Emmanuel Inyang as well as the Vice Chairman of Eastern Obolo Local Government, Hon Ante who was standing in for the Council Chairman.