Governor Udom Emmanuel has commended the Management of Universal Energy Resources Limited (UERL) and its technical partner SIPEC for executing the mini-water project at Uta-Ewa Ibekwe community of Ikot Abasi despite the prevailing economic downturn in the Oil and Gas sector.
The Governor made this known on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, during the commissioning ceremony of a Digital Mini-Water Project through the Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources’ representative, Engr. Emmanuel Inyang, at Uta-Ewa in Ikpa Ibekwe, Ikot Abasi Local Government Area.
He lauded the company’s demonstration of commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility and recalled that UERL/SIPEC JV had earlier this year commissioned and handed over a Science Laboratory to the Unyenghe community of Mbo LGA, granted scholarship worth N3.1M to students, donated 37 motorcycles to the youths as well as provided Micro-credit scheme worth N7.0M to various women cooperative societies across the state.
While urging the company not to be weary in keeping to its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Government in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility, the Governor urged the people of the area and other benefiting communities to exercise a high level of responsibility in protecting the facilities for posterity.
In his speech, the Chief Operating Officer of Universal Energy Resources Limited, Engr. Steve Okoko said that the occasion was a demonstration of its commitment to the letters of the MoU by executing this development project in Uta-Ewa community as a part of its larger host communities as it falls under the category of the rest of the state in the MoU agreement.
Engr. Okoko, who was accompanied by Dr. Wang Jinpeng, representing the Deputy Project Manager, Richard Xue and other Management staff, further said that it had always been the company’s desire to touch the lives of the ordinary people within its host communities by bringing basic amenities to the door steps of the people.
He expressed confidence that the new water project provided by UERL/SIPEC JV will ensure not only access to portable water but an efficient and regular water supply system for the entire community.
In their goodwill messages, the Chairman of Ikot Abasi Local Government Council Transition Committee, Mr. Ubong Uquang, and the Clan Head of Ikpa Ibekwe, Etebom Akpan Uwaunio, thanked the UERL/SIPEC JV for their kind gesture to the people of the community and promised to protect and maintain the facility.
Present at the occasion were members of Ikot Abasi Local Government Council Transition Committee, members of Ikpa Ibekwe Clan Council, youths and women among others.