In furtherance of their efforts to deliver sustainable community development projects in their target communities, two organizations founded and funded by the NNPC/Chevron Nigeria Ltd Joint Venture, the Ilaje Rural Development Advocacy Committee Initiative (ILRDC) and the Amalgamation of Ilaje Ugbo Coastal Communities Association (AMAICOMMA CCDC) held a groundbreaking ceremony of a Mother and Child Health Care Center at Ode Ugbo, Ilaje Local Government Area, on Saturday, November 10, 2019.
The groundbreaking event, which coincided with the tenth (10th) Coronation Anniversary of the Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, His Imperial Majesty, Okoro Ajiga 1, the Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, was full of pomp and pageantry.
According to Adekunle Omomowo, Chairman Ilaje RDC “Ilaje RDC and AMAICOMMA are are doing this project in partnership with the Ondo State Government with funding from Chevron to Improve maternal healthcare delivery in Ode-Ugbo community in Ilaje LGA of Ondo State and enhance the quality of life in the region.”
Esimaje Brikinn, CNL’s General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs, in the company of Andrew Omomehin, General Manager Facility Engineering and Major Capital Projects; Sam Daibo, Area Manager PGPA Field Operations; Sola Adebawo Manager Communications and Tony Emegere, PGPA Superintendent, congratulated the Olugbo of Ugbo on his coronation anniversary. “On this occasion of your tenth Coronation anniversary, we at CNL wish to express our joy and support, as we pray God for your good health, long life and more rewarding years on the throne and of service to your people.”
He also commended the AMAICOMMA and Ilaje RDC for progressing to the groundbreaking stage after a successful bid. He cited several achievements of the CNL-sponsored development organizations and reiterated his company’s commitment to continue to support the communities. “Today we break ground for the Mother and Child Health Care center, in Ode-Ugbo here; another step in our continued support for the Ilaje people in general and Ugbo land in particular. Previously, Ilaje RDC and AMAICOMA had held free medical outreaches, constructed forty (40) footbridges and walkways in thirty-eight (38) communities, Ilaje RDC’s Secretariat is almost completed while AMAICOMMA is at the verge of awarding a contract for its own secretariat. Additionally, hundreds of educational scholarships have been given to hundreds of Ilaje students,” he said.
Taiwo Oritsabinone, Chairman AMAICOMMA, while thanking NNPC and Chevron for sponsoring the project, also commended the bidding process that led to the emergence of the contractor handling the project. “The contractor that is building this project emerged after a well-thought out process in keeping with the principles of Transparency and accountability which are values of the OMoU. We are looking forward to commissioning the project within target time,” he said. The Chairman further explained that the scope of the project included, surgical wards, admissions wards, special gynecological equipment, generator house, Doctors and Nurses quarters as well as a perimeter wall.
The groundbreaking was graced by His Imperial Majesty, Okoro Ajiga 1, and the Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, who thanked the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture for funding the project in the course of breaking the ground for the Health Care Center. He also praised AMAICOMMA and Ilaje RDC for coming together to jointly execute the project.
The executive Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Olurotimi Akeredolu, who was represented by Hon Alfred Agboola Ajayi, Ondo State Deputy Governor, equally commended the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture for sponsoring the project.
Other top Government functionaries present included: Director, Ministry of Environment on Community Relations, Mrs. Victoria Adetoye; Hon. Otito Atikase Ilaje LGA Chairman and top community leaders.