French major TOTAL has donated half a million dollars to the Red Cross for rehabilitation of people displaced by the terror of the Islamic insurgency in Northern Nigeria. The money will benefit “Internally Displaced People (IDPs)”.
The money was donated by TOTAL on behalf of the NNPC/TOTAL Joint Venture, meaning that the state hydrocarbon company NNPC is responsible for 55% of the amount donated.
TOTAL E&P Nigeria said intervention plan was launched on December 1, 2015 in Gombe State, one of the areas affected by the insurgency.“This initiative which is part our social responsibility is in support of efforts to improve conditions in the camps and help the affected persons return to their livelihood,” said Mr. Nicolas Terraz, the Managing Director/ Chief Executive.
The initiative is a 12-month intervention programme designed to achieve:
- Short term relief through the distribution of food and non-food items to the very vulnerable groups of female-head households, widows, orphans, the infirm and the aged;
- Support livelihood activities of the able-bodied to accelerate their economic recovery and self-reliance;
- Boost psychosocial support activities like provision of safe playing and learning spaces for the children and restoration of family links for families torn apart, among others;
- Broaden the scope and reach of community health activities like immunization, malaria prevention and treatment of ailments; and
- Provide safe and adequate water supply, environmental sanitation and personal hygiene promotion.