Niger Delta Exploration & Production Plc (NDEP) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Post Amnesty Oil & Gas Industry Foundation, a consortium of 14 Nigerian E&P operating Companies, who have united to promote long term stability in the Niger Delta region.
The Foundation, established in November 2009, supports the Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the funding of projects and programmes for the rehabilitation and reintegration of the Amnesty Programme beneficiaries. The Foundation unites both independent and international operating companies, in their desire to promote peace and stability in the region by empowering Amnesty Programme beneficiaries through skills acquisition.
In 2011, the main focus of the Foundation is on short term, quick impact activities to increase the overall employability of those participating in the programme. To date, a wide range of activities have been carried out, under the Chairmanship of the Special Adviser to the President on Petroleum Matters, Dr Emmanuel Egbogah. Beneficiaries are able to train in different areas, including technical training in crane operation, pipe welding, and ICT Training, while others can opt to pursue fashion, media or agricultural training.
Dr. ‘Fatona, MD NDEP, said, ‘Sadly, the Niger Delta has become a region associated with poverty and restiveness. By supporting the Post Amnesty Oil & Gas Industry Foundation, in tandem with the Federal Government of Nigeria, we will promote a more stable environment by engaging with and empowering youths to contribute to the economy, through sustainable industry.
‘Once a beneficiary has a viable means of income, they are less likely to return to their former ‘self and others’ destructive means of income generation. NDEP Plc is pleased to support the Government and the industry in its effort to rehabilitate militants and promote lasting peace in the Niger Delta region.’
About Niger Delta Exploration & Production Plc
Niger Delta Exploration & Production Plc (NDEP) is a publicly owned, integrated Independent Oil and Gas focused Investment Company, with a range of assets. Originally incorporated in 1992, NDEP Plc was established as an investment vehicle for Nigerians to participate in the country’s foremost income generator, the oil and gas sector.
Today, NDEP Plc has over six-hundred shareholders and has evolved into a fully integrated oil and gas investment company. As an Independent Nigerian Company, NDEP has a genuine regard for the environment it operates in, evident in all aspects of its operations and has set up a pioneering Host Community Development Trust, to support five local communities in which it operates, in Rivers State. For more information, please visit: www.ngdelta.com