Chevron/NNPC Joint venture and the government of Delta state formed a tripartite body between the Ijaw communities in the Warri south west and Warri north local government. This body was named Egbema and Gbaramatu communities Development Foundation (EGCDF) has executed 116 projects in Delta State.
Chief Michael Johnny, outgoing chairman of EGCDF said that his four years in office was quite intriguing and challenging while working to execute the projects.
“My executives and I have contributed our quota to the development needs of our communities; we look forward to seeing our communities ten times better in four years to come,” he stated.
He said that his team met 91 completed and commissioned projects and inherited a number of uncompleted and abandoned projects.
This joint venture of Chevron and NNPC EGCDF informed Vanguard that its abandoned projects were revoked and re-awarded to new contractors, thus enabling them to leave behind track record of 116 completed and commissioned projects.
Vanguard noted that the EGCDF collaborated with an Africa Eye Cataract Foundation to provide medical support to members of the communities especially in the area of cataract removal and provision of eye glasses.
He added that the EGCDF also collaborated with IITA and CNL on the Youth Agriprenuer Program aimed at creating sustainable income for youths.
Johnny explained further that through their advocacy engagements, their community secondary schools were given science equipments by the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, while the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC gave the foundation a farm tractor to enhance the Agriprenuer program.