CSR: Total Commissions Water Project for Jahi 1 community in Nigeria
ABUJA-Jahi 1, a Gbagi-speaking rural community of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital has become the latest beneficiary of Total’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative with the commissioning of a water project sponsored by the company recently.
The scheme which consists of two water boreholes with 6000 litres of storage capacity each, one of which will support the community’s’ clinic, was executed through Women and Youth Environmental Safety and Empowerment Organisation (E-Way for Development), a Non Governmental Organization (NGO). The ceremony to deliver the project was also an opportunity for the NGO to commission the Community Clinic built and equipped with the support of the United States Embassy in Nigeria through grants from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
In his remarks, the GM Corporate (CSR), Dr Justus Pearse, commended the NGO for driving the dream and the community for embracing the projects. “We at Total Upstream are really pleased to be anchoring this initiative as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility here in our corporate Office in Abuja. As we all know, the availability of safe potable water is essential in any community,” he said, explaining that it was in the character of the company to express such gestures in her host communities and locations.
Giving a brief on the projects, the Executive Director of the project, Mrs Anne Addeh said the initiative followed a request from the community leader, Alhaji Adamu Dogo who said water was life to them and expressed gratitude to the company for the gesture. “The TOTAL intervention in Nigerian communities through their Corporate Social Responsibility is vast and immeasurable, and this kind gesture of your corporation will go a long way in reducing vulnerability of children and eradication of water borne diseases,” she said.
Community leaders and Women from the community said the projects were the realization of a dream and paid tribute to the NGO and Total for making life better for them through the projects. The ceremony was also graced by dignitaries and people from various walks of life including Nigeria’s Ambassador to Portugal, Mrs. Ijeoma Bristol; a representative of the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and Country Coordinator PEPFAR, (Mrs.) Shirley Dady; a former Executive Director Human Resources and Corporate Affairs of Total, Mr. John Addeh; a representative of Abuja Municipal Area Council ( AMAC), Dr. Mrs. Adeyinka; the president of Medical Association of Nigeria, Dr. (Mrs) Joyce Barber; former Lady Captain of IBB Golf and Country Club, Mrs Nana Abubakar and women from the NNPC Cooperative Estate .