Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has commended Presco Plc for bankrolling the N40 million electricity project at Ogbekpen Community in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state. Already, the project, which forms part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility, CRS, has ignited excitement in the community.
Inaugurating the project, Obaseki was full of praise for the company’s gesture, noting that the partnership between the private sector and rural communities was necessary to drive development in the state. Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki He said: “Ogbekpen is now a priority community for us because we want to reposition Edo State.” The governor also commended the 3.5km road opened up by Presco Plc in the community, promising to begin the construction of the road and build a primary school in the community, as well as train 20 people to teach in the school before the commencement of the next academic session in September.
He said: “By next week, we will send our engineers here to commence work on building of your primary school.” Obaseki also announced that contract had been awarded to asphalt the road to connect the community to other parts of Benin City and neighbouring communities to pass through Ogbekpen and the Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria at Iyanomor.
The governor admonished the people of Ogbekpen, particularly the youths to protect the facility provided by Presco by reporting any suspicious strangers to the elders. Earlier in his welcome address, Managing Director of Presco Plc, Mr. Felix Nwabuko thanked the governor for finding time to come tocommission the project which is one of the many projects executed by Presco Plc as part of its corporate social responsibility to its host communities.
Nwabuko said: “Presco Plc was honoured to emerge as the winner of Nigeria Agriculture Award’s Corporate Social Responsibility agriculture award for two years covering 2016 and 2017.” He assured the governor of the company’s continued partnership through massive expansion of its investment in Edo State.
According to Obaseki, what Presco has done “defines how government, the private sector and our rural communities can cooperate. The responsibility of development is not only that of government, it is a partnership between the communities themselves, government, both local and state, and other companies or private people who want to come to those communities to do business. This type of cooperation which the Edo State Government wants to encourage and start is what we believe is the fastest way to develop our communities.”