30 August 2011
The Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) model of community engagement, which Chevron and its partners pioneered in 2005, has added significant value to the socio-economic development of Niger Delta, the company’s General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Mr. Femi Odumabo, has said.
The GMoU was evolved to stimulate sustainable development of communities around Chevron’s areas of operations, by trusting the process to community residents.
It involves the creation of development councils comprising mainly of community residents, while the Chevron, NGOs, representatives of state governments and government agencies like the Niger Delta Development Commission are supposed to provide the needed funding and capacity building support for the community-driven initiative.
Odumabo said these councils were utilising the seed funds from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation/Chevron Joint Venture to implement hundreds of priority projects that supported the communities’ long term development, in a sustainable way.