In August 2020, we provided the Ugborhen Community, in Delta State, critical support leading to the community handing over three security vehicles to the Nigeria Police, Navy and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).
Ugborhen is one of Seplat Energy’s foremost oil and gas host or producing communities in Ovhor field in OML 38 & 41, a swampy terrain in Okpe Kingdom in the Western Niger Delta of Nigeria. The three Toyota Hilux vehicles’ presentation was made at the Ugborhen Community town hall, following a period of security in the area.
Seplat Energy responded to community concerns about the security situation, which had been raised in our regular liaison with local representatives. After assessing the problem and the community’s needs, we provided advice on how to address the situation, particularly the community’s location, where ease of access by both land and water makes it vulnerable to insecurity.
Seplat Energy also provided technical input on vehicle types to be procured and provided guidance on how to agree with the security agencies (the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Police and the NSCDC). Though procured by the community, Seplat Energy helped to inspect the vehicles and ensured they were fit for the intended purpose. The vehicles were presented to the Navy commander for the Nigerian Navy logistics base, Sapele; the Police Area Commander and the Commander of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps in Sapele Local Government by the President of the community, Engineer Phillip Mebradu.
Before now, we had completed the Police Area Command Administrative Block and Quarter Guard in Sapele. We also provided security patrol vehicles to community vigilante groups to strengthen existing security of life and property in our communities and maintain existing peaceful operating environment.