Solving Niger Delta challenges requires combined efforts, resources, and capabilities of stakeholders, the new Executive Director of Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), Tunji Idowu, has said.
No single organisation or individual can do it alone, Idowu said in his opening address at a roundtable organised to celebrate the 10th anniversary of PIND.
Idowu also noted that the Petroleum Industry Act has been a game-changer for the oil and gas sector and has far-reaching reforms aimed at good governance and best practices in the sector.
“We realise, like every other player in the corporate investment space, that PIB poses to be a major game-changer in the future of corporate social investment in the nation and the region in particular,” he said.
PIND Foundation was established in 2010 to facilitate peace, inclusive, and equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta region.
Since its establishment in 2010 with initial funding from Chevron Corporation, PIND has been promoting peace and equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta region by forging multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder partnerships at regional, national, and international levels.
The General Manager, Policy and Government Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Esimaje Brikinn, said any corporate social investment in the Niger Delta must be a participatory partnership and an inclusive one involving community stakeholders, government, civil society, and non-governmental organisations.
According to him, cooperation has the capacity and skills for core business and capacity for social responsibility outreaches.