Seplat Energy Plc, a leading Nigerian independent energy company listed on both the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges, has commissioned the project for power supply to Oben Cottage Hospital from its Oben gas facility at Oben Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State in Southern Nigeria.
This, the company said, is part of its continuous community development programmes, which is in line with Seplat’s mandate to continue to do more for its host communities and ensure continuous value creation by the company to the people.
“The company has worked assiduously to put in place a reliable option for potentially uninterrupted 24-hours power supply to the Hospital for the long-term.
“To ensure a more sustainable constant power supply we continued with our plan to supply electricity to the hospital from our facility here in Oben,” said Mr Roger Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Seplat Energy.
The Seplat CEO, who was represented by Managing Director, Seplat West Limited, Mr Folorunsho Afolabi, said “the project is designed to provide the Cottage Hospital uninterrupted power supply directly from the Oben new Field Logistics Base and thus enable the hospital to provide adequate health care services to Oben Field Communities of Oben, Iguelaba, Ikobi and Obozogbe N’Ugu and its environs.”
Seplat had earlier ensured reconnection of the Hospital to the national grid in addition to providing power-generating sets to the hospital. The Company overhauled the generating sets at the hospital as a backup to a power supply and provided diesel regularly to power the generating sets.
The Company has also commenced the renovation of the doctors’ quarters of the Oben Cottage hospital.
The Director, External Affairs and Sustainability, Seplat Energy, Dr Chioma Nwachuku, said “We are optimistic that the supply of gas which generated power from our new Oben Field Logistics Base, through a direct dedicated power line to the hospital, will create immeasurable values to our community members even as we wish all excellent health always.”
Also, the Chairman / Managing Director, Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission (EDSOGPADEC), Pastor Kennedy Osifo, represented by the Commission’s Chief Accountant, Mrs Obasuyi Amen, expressed deep appreciation to Seplat Energy for the project and for all the sustainable community development programmes in the host communities where the company operates.
The Secretary, Oben Community, Mr Johnbull Omokaro, spoke on behalf of Oben Field Communities of Oben, Ikobi, Iguelaba, Obozugbe-nugu communities.
Also in attendance were His Royal Highness, the Enogie of Oben, Odoligie Frederick Ogiemwonyi, and other community leaders and members. (VON)