Mobil Producing Nigeria, MPN, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, has commenced the execution of N1.12 billion projects being palliatives for oil spill in some communities in Akwa Ibom State.
Manager, Public and Government Affairs, Qua Iboe Terminal, Mrs. Regina Udobong, said during the launch of the projects in Eket that the company has released 25 percent of the total sum for the execution of the projects.
Udobong said the fund would be released in four installments until it is fully paid.
“After today we expect the project manager to start with the disbursement of funds to local contractors. We are talking of N1.12 billion for projects in Eket Communities,” she said.
She explained that materials would be supplied by local contractors, adding that everything has to be done by members of the communities.
A project implementation committee has been set up for the execution of special projects for communities affected by oil spill.
“We have 30 percent of the amount for Ibeno, 26 percent for Eket, 24 percent for Esit Eket and 20 percent for Onna Local Government Areas respectively,” Udobong said.
She noted that the communities were given free hand to select specific projects of their choice for execution.
In his remarks, the Paramount Ruler of Eket, Chief Etim Abia, expressed displeasure over the delay in the execution of the special project for Eket lical council.
He called on the people of Eket to cooperate with the contractors for peaceful execution of projects.
It would be recalled that a major oil spill occurred from ExxonMobil’s facility offshore on November 9, 2012 in the state.

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