Dr Mustapha Sugungun, Managing Director of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), says the host communities of the company always get the highest slots in manpower jobs in their ongoing maintenance projects.
Sugungun said this at the company’s joint community and stakeholders’ forum on Friday in Kaduna, the Kaduna State capital.
Represented by Mr Ahmed Sa’ad, the company’s Manager Business Services, Sugungun stated that over the years, KRPC initiated several community development projects in the company’s host communities.
He said that the projects included youth empowerment and skills acquisition programmes that had empowered more than 1,200 youths in the communities.
According to him, the company had constructed several boreholes, renovated schools and conducted immunisation rounds for host community members against deadly diseases.
Sugungun noted that the host communities had also contributed to the KRPC’s success, where they synergised with the company, resulting in a harmonious and peaceful environment for continuous operations.
He disclosed that the KRPC was currently undergoing a Quick Fix Maintenance Service Project with Daewoo Engineering and Construction Nigeria Limited.
He stated that KRPC and Daewoo sustained the tempo of impacting positively on the lives of the host communities for economic prosperity through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects.
Sugungun added that through the KRPC’s CRS, they delivered a new Siemens 500 KVA transformer to their host communities; Oil Village, Mahuta, and would be inaugurated soon.
The MD also said that the company identified locations and started the process of constructing five solar-powered boreholes, construction of a healthcare dispensary centre, construction of two skill acquisition centres (Kaduna and Zaria) and renovation of 16 primary schools.
He therefore explained that the Joint Community Relations Committee (JCRC), established by the NNPC Ltd policy was responsible for conducting interactive sessions with leaders of host communities on a quarterly basis.
The MD also said the meeting was an avenue for sharing information and ideas between KRPC management and the host communities.
He added that the meeting was also a forum where management and community leaders discussed issues on safety, security, dispute management, identifying and prioritising development projects, medical outreach and other
CSR for the economic benefit of the host communities.
The Etsu Chikun (title holder), Mr Isiyaku Yari, thanked the KRPC for the CRS responsibilities that the host communities in the LGA enjoyed over the years.
Yari, represented by Mr Sunday Makama, the Chikun Council Secretary, called for a deepened relationship between KRPC and its host communities for the development of Kaduna State in general.
The meeting was attended by traditional leaders across the KRPC’s host communities, and security agencies, among others.