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By NIM Correspondent
Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, operator of the joint venture with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPCL), reiterated its commitment to lowering carbon emission and reducing gas flaring in Nigeria.
The General Manager, Policy, Government And Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, stated this during a one day Media Capacity Building workshop organized by the NNPCL/ Chevron Nigeria Limited, in partnership with the NUJ Delta State Council.
The event which held at the state NUJ Secretariat Asaba, the Delta State capital, saw participants drawn from various media establishments.
Mr Brinkin represented by the Communications manager Mr. Victor Anyaegbudike, said Chevron remained the highest contributor of high-quality domestic gas in Nigeria since 2015, noting that through investments in gathering and processing of associated gas, routine flaring has been reduced by over 97% in the past 10 years in CNL’s operations.
The General Manager recalled that in 2005, CNL pioneered the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU), a community-led participatory partnership model for community engagement and sustainable development, saying that since the inception of the GMoU, the company has contributed billions of naira to the Regional Development Committees (RDCs) that represented the communities in its area of operations, to execute hundreds of projects in the communities through a governance model that ensured transparency and accountability.
He said the company was currently working with the relevant government and community stakeholders to transit to the Host Community Development Trusts under the Petroleum Industry Act.
Mr Brinkin said hundreds of lives were being impacted and economic empowerment supported in the Niger Delta, through Chevron’s Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND)
He said the company had embarked on the sponsorship of the Advanced Writing and Reporting Skills (AWARES) programme in collaboration with the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, where over 120 journalists have benefitted since the inception of the program in 2014, noting that the programme has helped to improve professional capacity and build lasting partnerships with media stakeholders.
The General Manager commended journalists as agenda setters and opinion moulders in the society, for their impactful role in reporting the oil and gas industry, providing effective perspectives to the complex industry operations, and generating contents that not only inform, but also educate and enlighten the society
He called on journalists to make their mark in the narrative of Nigeria and her multidimensional development, while also maintaining the ethical principles that guided the profession.
He noted that Chevron’s vision is to become the global energy company most admired for its People, Partnership and Performance, adding that their purpose is to develop affordable, reliable, ever-cleaner energy that enables human progress around the world.
The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Churchill Oyowe thanked the CNL for partnering to build the capacity of journalists in reporting issues relating to the oil and gas industry.
The workshop featured paper presentations titled “Effective Reportage of Oil and Gas Industry for National Development in a Democratic Nation”, by the Dean, School of Information and Communication Technology, Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku, Dr. Emmanuel Ejomafuvwe Akpoveta, “Repositioning the Mass Media for Effective and Efficient Reportage of Oil and Gas Industry in Modern times” by the Executive Director, LightRay Media, “Lady E” Ejiro Umukoro, and “Journalistic Responsibilities to the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry” by the Rector Delta state Polytechnic Otefe- Oghara, Professor Emmanuel Ufuophu-Biri, represented by a lecturer in the polytechnic.
There were also sessions for questions and answers, where grey areas were clarified.
Highpoint of the workshop was the presentation of certificates to the participants.