Federal University Otuoke has been nominated as a critical partner and stakeholder on a health intervention project undertaken by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) tagged “Oloibiri Health Project.”
The project partnership targeted as a legacy project in commemoration of the Centenary Anniversary of the Nigerian State is expected to provide health care services for Oloibiri community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and environs.
Partnership terms and the project concept were carefully deliberated at “a One-day Technical Roundtable” (a meeting between SPDC and experts) in their Port-Harcourt office.
Speaking to FUO Media team on the outcome of the meeting, Senior Medical Officer, FUO Medical Centre, Dr. Uchenna Nwachukwu who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko said, FUO is to partner with SPDC in the area of Administration, Evaluation, Monitoring and Research in order to ensure that the project succeeds.
According to him, the request by SPDC to partner with Federal University Otuoke Medical Centre, goes a long way to endorse its services and output as having expertise and resources that can be efficiently deployed to support the initiative for effective health care service delivery.
FUO Media team also gathered that the SPDC Regional head for Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Femi Oduneye revealed at the meeting that SPDC is currently working out interventions that can bridge critical gaps in the health system in a sustainable manner through Public – Private – People - Partnerships across the country as part of its social investment programme.
Expressing deep concern for Oloibiri community where oil was first discovered and explored in the country but still remains largely underserved, Dr. Oduneye urged the FUO delegation to consider the partnership move as a means of performing her corporate social responsibility to their host communities.
He said he was optimistic that by the end of the project, FUO through her involvement will improve on her area of research while building a cordial relationship with its environs.
The meeting, which is the first in a series of scheduled future deliberations, embraced issues ranging from location, capacity, reference centre, funding and signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
The delegation from Federal University Otuoke consisted of Dean Faculty of Science, Prof. Bio Nyananyo, Head Research and Academic Planning, Prof. Godwin Onyedim and Head LegalServices, Barr. Paul Adujie.
Subsequent meetings will be held to finalize arrangements and seal the implementation of the project.