Oriental Energy Resources Ltd., an indigenous oil producer in Nigeria, has donated food items to its host communities in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Uwem Ite, the company’s Head of Community and Government Relations, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.
He said that the food distribution was part of the Oriental Energy’s initiatives to alleviate the hardship caused by the pandemic in the communities.
Ite said that Oriental Energy planned to support the social development efforts of the state government this year.
He said the food items donated included rice, garri and vegetable oil.
Receiving the food items on behalf of the Akwa Ibom Government, Secretary to the State Government and the Chairman of the state COVID-19 Management Committee, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, expressed gratitude to Oriental Energy for the gesture.
“On behalf of the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, we appreciate the gesture of Oriental Energy Resources Limited.
“The Governor oversees everything that goes on in the state as far as the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned
“Little wonder that the Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, commended the governor for making the state a reference point in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.
Ekuwem said that Gov. Emmanuel was resolute in his commitment to salvage the state from the viral disease and as such put facilities in place to ensure that the life of resident was not lost on account of the pandemic.
He mentioned the state-of-the-art Isolation Centres, the PCR Laboratory, Emergency Operations Center, as some of the commendable programmes of the administration to contain the spread of the virus in the state.
While expressing his appreciation, the Chairman of Mbo Local Government Area, Mr Asuquo Eyo, said: “Oriental Energy is the only company operating with a human face in Mbo LGA.”
At the community level, Oriental Energy team was warmly received by the people of Effiat during the handing over of the food items for distribution to the respective families and households in Effiat communities.
Earlier, Oriental Energy team had paid a courtesy visit to the Paramount Ruler, Mbo Local Government Area, His Royal Majesty, Ogwong Okon A. Abang.
The team informed the monarch that the distribution of the food items was on the heels of the company’s 2020/2021 University Scholarship Scheme targeted at supporting eligible students from Akwa Ibom, particularly indigenes of Effiat and other communities in Mbo.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
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