Corporate Social Responsibility amongst Oil Companies in Delta State

Corporate Social Responsibility amongst Oil Companies in Delta State

Corporate Social Responsibility amongst Oil Companies in Delta State

Delta State is one of the states in the Niger Delta region where most oil companies carry out their exploration businesses. The negative impact of their activities on the host community is undeniable. Notwithstanding that the impact cannot be stopped, however these oil companies can ameliorate the dire consequences on host communities by engaging in CSR projects in the area.  We will consider some oil companies like Seplat and their CSR projects in Delta State.

Seplat key CSR Programmes

Seplat is a leading independent oil and gas producer in the prolific Niger Delta area of Nigeria. In July 2010, the Company acquired a 45 percent participating interest in, and was appointed operator of a portfolio of three onshore producing oil and gas blocks (OMLs 4, 38 and 41). The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), through its subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), holds the balance of 55 percent. Seplat is the licensed operator of the SEPLAT/NPDC joint venture.

Their sustainability management is designed to significantly contribute towards the realisation of human progress and the sustenance of the environment. Seplat’s approach focuses on a 5-pillar framework for delivering solutions to identified challenges that align with our chosen areas of intervention. They include health and safety, education, youth and women empowerment, environmental stewardship, and community/ infrastructural development. They also have the Seplat’s signature CSR programmes.[1]

Seplat’s signature CSR programmes have continued to be well received by members of their host communities as a result of the high value they offer beneficiaries. The programme implementation events witness massive participation from beneficiary communities, while communities that are yet to be visited by our initiatives yearn for extension of the programmes to their areas.

Seplat has sustained the implementation of the various key signature CSR programmes. These included Healthcare – Eye Can See, Safe Motherhood programmes and further renovations in Oben hospital, Sapele; Educational Support – PEARLs Quiz and National Undergraduate Scholarship Awards, and building of classroom blocks; Infrastructure Development – construction of roads, town halls, market stalls etc, and Youth/Women Empowerment – Skills Acquisition Programme.

Community Healthcare – Eye Can See programme

The number of people with various eyesight challenges in their host communities who do not have easy and affordable access to eye care services is high. Since it may be difficult and sometimes risky for most of these people to continue to look out for government intervention, this situation has created a population of vulnerable people.

Since 2012 when the Eye Can See initiative was introduced,  they have continued to deliver solutions to these vulnerable groups, providing them free eye care services including eye checks, surgery for the removal of cataract, prescription glasses and medical treatment of various eye diseases.[2]

Safe Motherhood Programme

In many of our host communities, local women are unable to access modern and affordable antenatal and maternal healthcare. In support of the first target of Goal 3 of the SDGs, which seeks to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, Seplat intervenes in this area by providing the needed solution through the Safe Motherhood Programme.

The Safe Motherhood Programme was introduced in 2011, and Seplat has sustained the implementation up to 2019 to cater to the needs of local community women. The objective of this programme is to make pregnant women aware of safe delivery methods, empower them to embrace these methods and avoid unhealthy practices during pregnancy, delivery and the period of child care. Expectant mothers received lectures on danger signs in pregnancy and benefits of child spacing.

In the year 2019, 4,519 women were impacted. 3,500 expectant mothers among them received pregnancy kits while 3,000 children were de-wormed. Up to 2019, 27,583 pregnant women had been screened through the programme, while 4,500 children were impacted. In addition, Seplat had renovated and equipped a 30-bed female and children’s ward at Oben Cottage Hospital, Sapele and three health centres in various communities.[3]

PEARLs Quiz Competition

The PEARLs (Promoting Exceptional and Respectable Leaders) Quiz programme, in its 9th consecutive year, was a demonstration Seplat’s commitment in supporting the development of the education sector in Nigeria and in improving the reading habit of secondary school students. The initiative aligns with the achievement of Goal 4 of the SDGs, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Read also: Corporate Social Responsibility in Nigeria

The PEARLs Quiz initiative is designed to raise awareness and interest in striving for academic excellence among students in public and private schools in Delta and Edo states. It rewards diligence and raises the quality of education in our operational areas. In the year 2019, 860 secondary schools from Delta and Edo states with a total of 4,300 students participated while N11.9 million was given out as award-based money to winning schools and students.[4]

Scholarship Award

Seplat awarded scholarships to 162 post-primary school students in their host communities in Delta and Edo States. They also awarded scholarships to 120 new undergraduate students in public universities nationwide. As at the end of 2019, a total of 201 students had benefitted from their university scholarship scheme.[5]

Youth and Women Empowerment Programme

In line with Goal 8 of the SDGs, which aims to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, Seplat implement several sustainability-related programmes to empower community youths and women economically. They have invested in vocational training for them while they also make grants to help graduates of the skill acquisition programmes to set up and run their own enterprises.

In addition to such training, they have held workshops on various basic skills for 90 community youths who were prospective workers in the oil and gas industry. They also organised induction sessions for over 100 community youths preparatory to their engagement in drilling operations.[6]

Skills Acquisition Training Programme

The Seplat’s Skills Acquisition programme is an entrepreneurial skills development initiative. Its main objective is to train unemployed youths and women beneficiaries on chosen skills to enable them set up micro, small and medium enterprises of their own to become entrepreneurs and employers of labour. Through the involvement of CDCs, the local communities recommend unemployed youths within their areas that are enlisted in the Skill Acquisition Programme for training in various vocational areas.

The programme, which is implemented through a third-party training institution, involves lectures and practical training sessions, coaching, mentoring and continuous assessment of participants. This is supported with routine monitoring by Seplat’s Skills Acquisition team to ensure compliance by both trainers and trainees so far, 258 youths have benefitted from the programme since its introduction in 2011, while another 66 participants were undergoing vocational training during 2019.[7]

 

[1] Seplat Sustainability Report 2019, p. 14

[2] Seplat Sustainability Report 2019, p. 61

[3] Seplat Sustainability Report 2019, P.62

[4] Seplat Sustainability Report 2019, P.63

[5] Seplat Sustainability Report 2019, P.63

[6] Seplat Sustainability Report 2019, P.64

[7] Seplat Sustainability Report 2019, P.64

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.