CNL Reiterates Belief in Community - Driven Development at Dodo River Association’s AGM

Sat, Jun 26, 2021
By editor

Oil & Gas

CHEVERON Nigeria Limited (CNL) has again reiterated its belief and support for
community-driven development.

Esimaje Brikinn, CNL’s General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs, said this at the nin BMoMR th (9th ) Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Dodo River Communities Development Association (DRCDA), on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at the Dodo River Secretariat, in Yenagoa Bayelsa State.

The DRCDA is a community-based organisation established under the Global
Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU), between the Dodo Rivers Communities, the
Bayelsa State Government and the CNL.

Esimaje, who was represented by Elijah Bikikoro, Community Engagement
Coordinator, CNL, congratulated the DRCDA on the AGM. “The achievements of
the DRCDA reinforce our belief that a process that is community-driven with an
effective governance structure can stimulate quicker community development than
processes and systems designed without effective participation of community
members,” he said.

Also speaking, Francis Amamogiran, Chairman DRCDA noted that. “The AGM is in
keeping with the Transparency and Accountability principle embedded in the GMoU.
It is an opportunity for the RDC to open its books for the relevant stakeholders to be
abreast of its activities and accomplishments,”

IMG 3854B: Dodo CRDA Executives and Community Women Representatives  at the 9th AGM of Dodo CRDA in Yenagoa

Francis, who thanked NNPC/CNL Joint Venture for consistently funding the
Association, called on the Government to be more actively involved in community
development. “We equally call on Government at all levels, to be fully involved to
encourage, guide, monitor and provide every necessary support in the process of
community decision making, projects planning and implementation,” he said.

In a similar vein, Dr Ebieri Jones the Honourable Commissioner Bayelsa State
Ministry of Mineral Resources (BMoMR) commended the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture
for its steadfastness in funding the Dodo RCDA to ensure development in the
communities, in spite of the tough business climate for the oil and gas industry.

The Commissioner, who was represented by Mrs. H. Binafeigha Amasuomo, Permanent
Secretary, BMoMR, also thanked the Dodo Communities for their peaceful
disposition and charged the people to maintain the peaceful environment required for
business operations.

In demonstration of the DRCDA’s stance on transparency and accountability, the
Annual Accounts and Financial Records were read out to the public by Pastor
Legborsi Tebira of Anthony Nwinee & Co., Chartered Accountants. There were
opportunities for clarifications and questions which were satisfactorily explained.
The well attended event played host to traditional rulers, top Government
functionaries, community representatives, Non-Governmental Organisations and
officials of Chevron Nigeria Limited.

Group shot  of CNL Official,  officials of Bayelsa State Government, & Exco members of Dodo River Communities’ Rural Development Association

– June 26, 2021 @ 12:43 GMT|