Mr Roland Ewubare, Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), distributed these items to the beneficiaries in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom on Thursday.
Ewubare, represented by Mrs Henrietta Obioma-Igwe, Deputy Manager, Public Affairs Department NAPIMS, said the gesture was targeted to positively engage the youths, re-orientate and inculcate virtues in them.
He explained that a total of 500 tables, 500 chairs and 500 tarpaulins were presented to the four local government areas of Eket, Esit Eket, Ibeno and Onna.
Ewubare said the programme was meant to deliver sustainable value to all stakeholders in the areas of peaceful co-existence, environmental and safety practices.
“Our corporate social responsibility and citizenship place high premium on empowerment and capacity building initiatives such as Community Investment Programme, ’’ he said.
Ewubare said Community Investment Programme would also sustain peace that facilitates a conducive environment for Joint Venture operations and even more investments within the community and state.
He commended the state government and the “valued community stakeholders for providing the joint venture with a conducive environment for its operations’’.
Utin said that the items would support the trade of beneficiaries and empower them to keep their trade going.
“It is not safe and healthy to have our women spread their market wares on the bare ground in our local markets.
“It is not safe and healthy to have that old woman selling garri in the market stand on her feet all day long,’’ he said.
He noted that the presentation of the market items sought to address some of these basic problems faced by the local entrepreneurs.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Josephine Ekpenyong, thanked ExxonMobil for the gesture and promised to use the market items judiciously.
She noted that such programme would foster peaceful co-existence between the company, stakeholders and youths of the communities.
He urged the company to make the Community Investment Programme an annual event so as to carry more youths and women in the communities along.