FOL recognizes the importance of a peaceful and harmonious relationship with its host communities and has therefore made extensive efforts and invested substantial amount of time and resources to engage with them. Our philosophy for working with our host communities is premised on keeping our promises and engaging in regular and transparent engagement to keep them informed of, and involved with the development of the field.
Working with ProNatura International Nigeria, FOL commissioned a long term sustainable Community Development Plan that is the foundation for working with the host communities in a peaceful and mutually beneficial long term relationship. The strategy selected by FOL and its JV partner has been confirmed by independent authorities to be the best in class approach at this time.
In 2006/2007 we launched a 5-6 Year Participatory Community Development programme in partnership with ProNatura International Nigeria with the objective of putting in place a world class innovative and sustainable Community Development Programme that would impact positively on the socio-economic development of our host communities.
The programme is now in its 5th year and has so far proved its worth as a good model for sustainable community development in our area of operations. FOL and its JV partner have funded the creation of two Community Development Foundations (CDFs) which have taken ownership of and are managing the implementation of the various development projects identified and prioritized by the host communities in the following intervention areas:
- Skills Development
- Employment Creation and Income Generation Opportunities
- Improving Access to health
- Improving physical accessibility to the communities
- Improving Education
Considerable success has been recorded by the CDFs in implementing their programmes. Please, click on the link for more information: http://www.lagostelevision.com/blog/2011/12/21/marginal-field-operator-inaug