Bonny Island plays host to three oil and gas companies – Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN). As part of CSR efforts, each of these companies embarked on individual community development projects which although was impactful, resulted in replicated efforts on similar projects across the island. This led to the formation of the Joint Industry Committee (JIC) in 1995 for the purpose of collaboration and pooling together of resources to execute bigger projects in the community. This culminated in the signing of the landmark MoU between the JIC and Bonny Kingdom in 1998 which paved the way for the establishment of the following  initiatives:

  • Bonny Utility Company (BUC) – to provide water and electricity for Bonny and Finima communities
  • Bonny Vocational Center (BVC) – to provide vocational education for youths in the area, increasing their employability levels
  • Ibani Se HIV / Malaria Initiative – to combat the rising rates of HIV/Malaria and Tuberculosis on the island due to a sudden population influx

These programs have been seen to have an impact on the socio-economic development of Bonny Kingdom and improved the quality of life of the inhabitants e.g. Bonny has enjoyed stable electricity supply for 17 years, paved roads, portable water supply, an increasing skills base to supply manpower requirements of operating companies within and close to the Island,  etc. However, these initiatives currently face fundamental challenges such as limited autonomy and over-dependency on the Oil & Gas companies on the Island for sustenance, which have hindered significant progress and the capacity to achieve set mandates.

As such, sustainability plans have been developed for the three ongoing community development programs with the following objectives:

  • Greater involvement of the community, in terms of ownership and participation in management activities

  • A strategic direction / plan to enable each program attain self reliance and minimize sole dependence on JIC for continued existence

  • A monitoring and evaluation framework to measure performance against agreed indicators

  • Cleary defined implementation roadmap (based on priorities from the Sustainability Plan)

We will take over management of these programs on behalf of the community and drive the transformation process in a transparent and accountable manner