Wife of the Executive Governor of Imo State, Dr. (Mrs.) Nneoma Okorocha, commended SEPLAT for its Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, initiatives which according to her has undoubtedly impacted the lives of members of the host communities.
Mrs Okorocha who was speaking at the unveiling of SEPLAT’s inaugural edition of ‘Eye Can See and Safe Motherhood Signature’ programmes at Izombe in Imo state at the weekend urged the Company to sustain the Programme towards deepening its contribution to the development of Imo State in the health sub-sector.
Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, operator of the NNPC/SEPLAT Joint Venture launched the programmes for communities situated in the operational area of its Eastern Assets at Izombe, Imo State. The programme was initiated six years ago in Sapele, Delta State, the operational base of SEPLAT’s Western Assets.
The CSR Programmes’ launch witnessed a large turnout of members of the host communities comprising men, women and children who came to receive medical care.
For the Eye Can See Programme, beneficiaries had their eyes tested, received prescribed glasses and some had surgeries for cataract related visual impairments.
The Safe Motherhood Programme saw beneficiaries, pregnant women and nursing mothers, receive lectures on danger signs of pregnancy and nutrition in pregnancy. They were also presented with Safe Motherhood kits made up of a maternity bag, vitamin supplements, treated mosquito nets and all medical items required for safe delivery.
Mr. Austin Avuru (Chief Executive Officer), Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, while speaking at the event, emphasized that the host communities are critical stakeholders of the Company regarding its business which underscores the need to execute the CSR health programmes.
Mr. Avuru assured that the Company is firmly committed to sustaining the CSR health programmes and other programmes targeted at the socio-economic development of Imo State.
Also speaking at the event, Dr. Chioma Nwachuku (General Manager, External Affairs & Communications), Seplat Petroleum Development Plc, reminisced on the Eye Can See and Safe Motherhood CSR Programmes which started in 2012 in the Western Assets operational area, comprising Edo/Delta States, of the Company.
Dr. Nwachuku affirmed that both health programmes are in alignment with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Developing Goals (SDG) 3 which is to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all”. She expressed appreciation to dignitaries and beneficiaries for attending the event.
The Eye Can See and Safe Motherhood Programmes are both SEPLAT’s key Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) health initiatives executed annually in the Company’s host communities with focus on providing comprehensive, quality and free healthcare to members of these host communities.