September 14, (NaijaOnPoint Media) – Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has received a total of N67. 5b from the American oil giants, ExxonMobil between 2001 and 2020.
Manager, Media and Communications, Ogechukwu Udeagha disclosed this Tuesday, while interacting with newsmen in Uyo, as part of activities lined up for the Correspondents Chapel week 2021.
Udeagha also said that the company has not shirked in its corporate social responsibility as evident in some of its social investments in the areas of its operations.
He described as irony the fact that the people of the region were “ asking the OICs to do the work that NDDC is supposed to do.”
According to him, the oil giants have been contributing N18m on a yearly basis for the past three decades irrespective of season and events; even during the Covid-19 towards the feeding of the less privileged in Eket, it’s core host Community.
“70 percent of our staff live and work here in the state and we pay N7 to 8billion to the state government through PAYE and of course the 13 percent derivation. You can therefore realize the impact we are making on the state economy. We are closely linked with the state government and it’s important that we work together”, he hinted.
On the alleged sack of some employees and contract staff, he said “ we keep our contractor’s obligation and by law, we cannot sack contract staff because they are not our staff. They are not under our purview . We didn’t sack any contract staff” he stated.
The theme of the week is “Post Covid 19- Economy and the Challenges to Ethical Journalism ahead of 2023 elections.