The Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) says it would 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 on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 during the official inauguration and hand over of a 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 Social Corporate Responsibility thrust of the company.
The MD, NGC, stated that the company had a 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 multi-million Naira health facility project.
Responding, 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.
“No doubt, the health of our people will be remarkably improved by qualitative healthcare provision that will come from the new facility,” he said.
Also, speaking, Dr Akanbiemu Francis, Executive Secretary, Ondo State Primary Healthcare Board described the facilities as the best in the Local Government.
While appealing to the NGC and the NNPC for a continuous support
Francis promised to deploy qualified staff to mann the facilities.
The king of Oniparaga, His Royal Highness, Oba Adetokumbo Aderopo who described the project as a milestone said the facility would go a long way in improving on the health of the people.
“I appeal that the facilities should start operation in earnest,” he said.