Vice Chancellor, Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko has pledged the support of the Institution for the Shell Petroleum Development Company Health Intervention Project in Oloibiri, Bayelsa State.
Prof. Aluko made the commitment during the signing of the agreement between SPDC and General Electric for the implementation of a N1-billion health project in Lagos.
VC reiterated the support of the University to the programme, commended SPDC for the initiative and posited that the host community and environs will definitely experience improved health care delivery at reduced cost when it is completed.
Also at the ceremony, SPDC Managing Director & Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, said the project is among the remarkable social investment initiatives of SPDC in the Niger Delta region expressing optimism that the result of the venture will bring about a holistic community health improvement in poverty alleviation, water and sanitation, safe/clean housing and household renewable energy among many others.
“The Oloibiri project is one of the single biggest social investment initiatives we have undertaken in the Niger Delta and underlines our commitment to a better future for the people there.” He said.
The SPDC Country Chair also stated that the project which is designed to be completed in three years the delivery of care through a network of four primary health centres, one General hospital and the establishment of a health research centre at Oloibiri to disseminate best practice for replication.
The Occasion also witnessed the setting-up of a project steering committee comprising representatives of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), General Electric, Bayelsa State Government, Federal University Otuoke and Ogbia Local Government Council.
Also present at the occasion were Shell’s Regional Health Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Femi Oduneye, The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Health Dr. Ayibatonye Owei, President & CEO General Electric, Nigeria, Mr. Lazarus Angbazo.
It could be recalled that on January 29, 2015, some stakeholders had converged at FUO to brainstorm on how to make the project a huge success and the University expressed its support for the project while promising to carry out its responsibility of providing knowledge based management in information sharing among the work group.