In the establishment of Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), Chevron has gulped over $100 million and leveraged a corresponding amount from investors and partners.
In 2010, Chevron established the PIND, a non-profit organisation working with partners to complement the GMoU, to enhance peace and address the macro socio-economic issues in the Niger Delta region.
In a statement during Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary, Chevron Nigeria’s general manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn, says the PIND’s programmes have continued to create socio-economic impact in the Niger Delta region. He noted that the programme has been committed to economic development and peace building, leading to increased productivity and incomes, jobs, and reduced conflict.
Brikinn highlighted Chevron Nigeria’s focus on helping to engender the development of communities in the Niger Delta through the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU). GMoU is a community-driven, participatory partnership model for community engagement pioneered by Chevron.
Through the GMoU, funds are provided to execute hundreds of projects in the Niger Delta communities. This has led to social investment projects benefitting over 600 communities in the Niger Delta area. Additionally, Chevron Nigeria awards scholarships to visually impaired students to enhance their access to quality education.
Over 23,000 people have benefitted from the company’s scholarship programs which include scholarship for community postgraduates’ scholars in Nigeria and foreign universities. The chairman and managing director, Chevron Nigeria and Mid-Africa Business unit, Rick Kennedy, said: “Chevron does all this, not because it is compelled to, but because it is the right thing to do.”
In its Deep offshore operations, Chevron Nigeria has continued to implement projects and programmes in the areas of health, education, and economic development across Nigeria.