50 Teachers from eight communities of Southern Ijaw and Brass Local Government Council Areas of Bayelsa State have been listed to benefit from the capacity training programme sponsored by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC,) and the First Global Exploration and Petroleum Development Company.

The listed teachers were selected under the KEFFES host communities, an acronym for Koluama I & II, Ekeni, Fish Town, Foropa, Ezetu I &II and Sangana located on the Atlantic fringe of Southern Ijaw and Brass local government areas of Bayelsa State.

The general manager, Corporate Services, First Global Exploration and Petroleum Development Company Ltd, Mr. Emmanuel Etomi, who made this known during the signing of a Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) with the benefiting communities over the operation of OML 83 and 85, announced that as part of the benefits of the MoU, the First Exploration and Petroleum has concluded plans to send at least 50 teachers in the state on capacity building at the University of Lagos.

Etomi explained that First Exploration and Petroleum Development Company, which incidentally is a young company, recognizes the fact that oil producing communities in the Niger Delta region are critical stakeholders in development.

According to him, First Exploration and Petroleum, in the past three years have been briefing various communities in the state on how development can be actualised with the support of every stakeholders in the oil producing communities.

According to the signatories to the MoU signed in Bayelsa, the agreement will promote mutual understanding and coordinate empowerment and training of indigenes of the host communities in Southern Ijaw and Brass Areas of the State.

In his remarks, Secretary of the Board of Trustees of KEFFES communities, HRM. King Israel Igbousa – ODUO X informed that oil companies should regularly engage host communities in their activities to avoid crisis.

The royal father described the event as the beginning of a fruitful development for the state government, oil producing communities and oil companies emphasizing that the event will redefine the mindset of the people.

Earlier in his speech, the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Mineral Resources, Mr. Markson Fefegha challenged oil multinational companies operating in the state to go beyond signing Memorandum of Understanding with oil producing communities and genuinely develop the communities to check restiveness in the state.