By Sylvester Idowu in Warri
The Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has assured that it will continue to develop a robust and sustainable relationship with its over 350 host communities in the country to enhance business growth in line with its corporate social responsibility (CSR) core values.
The Managing Director of NGC, Mr Babatunde Bakare, gave the assurance recently, during the official inauguration and hand over of a multi- million naira Basic Health Centre to the Oniparaga community in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Bakare, who was represented by the General Manager, Support Services, Nigerian Gas Company, Mrs Maria Emmanuel-Ate, said the wellbeing of the community was paramount to the CSR thrust of the company.
The MD, NGC, said the company has metering stations located in 11 states in the country, noting that by implication, its pipeline transverses over 350 host communities.
“We present to you this fully equipped Basic Health Centre as a token of our appreciation and our contribution to the development of Oniparaga Community.
“As a company, we shall continue to solicit for your co-operation and assistance in the maintenance of peace and support for our business growth aspiration in the interest of the community and Nigeria in general.
“NGC will always encourage and appreciate communities that promote peace, dialogue and understanding in the resolution of issues. This is the hallmark of our community relations engagement process,” he said.
Bakare, urged the people to make judicious use of the facility.
The Chairman, Odigbo Local Government Council, Ondo State, Mr Tunde Ikumawoyi, thanked the NGC and the people of Oniparaga for ensuring that the project materialised.
He assured that the project would be put into proper use by the primary healthcare department of the Council, adding, “No doubt, the health of our people will be remarkably improved by qualitative healthcare provision that will come from the new facility,” he said.