While the federal and state governments are still strategising on how to aid the various communities being ravaged by flood in the country, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria (TEPNG) Limited has already donated millions of Naira worth of relief materials to flooded communities in Egi Clan in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA of Rivers State, which hosts its operations.
The items include rice, vegetable oil, tin tomatoes, salt and toiletries, while assuring the people that more relief items would be sent to them to improve their situation.
The oil major also made boats and military vehicles available to evacuate people still stranded in some communities in the area.
Mr. Guy Maurice, Managing Director of Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, made the presentations to Chief Oris Onyiri, president general of Egi People’s Assembly in Egi yesterday.
Maurice noted that the company came to identify with Egi because whatever affects the people of the area also affects Total based on their relationship.
“We have come to identify with the Egi people, who have been affected by flood. Total is in partnership with Egi people. Whatever happens to the people of Egi, also happens to Total,” He said.
Mr. Cyprian Ojum, Deputy General Manager (Sustainable Development)represented the managing director. He said some facilities belonging to Total had also been damaged by the flood, but despite that, the management had to rush to aid Egi Clan because of their relationship.
In his response, Chief Oris Onyiri, President General of Egi People’s Assembly, expressed appreciation to Total for the gesture, while reserving praise for the MD who had come a day earlier to see things for himself.
“We have confidence and trust in Total; and equally thank you for all what you have been doing to the communities in Egi. This cordial relationship will continue. Egi people are peaceful, tolerant and know that Total is concerned in our plight,” he said.
However, like Oliver Twist, he requested for more relief materials, while also sympathising with the company over its damaged facilities due to the flood.
“More things are expected. We hope Total will bring stock fish, garri and other items,” he pleaded.#