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FIRST E&P/NNPC JV concludes medical outreach to 11 host communities in Bayelsa State

[Lagos, February 28, 2024] – As part of its corporate social responsibility, the OML 83 and 85 NNPC/ FIRST Exploration and Petroleum Development Company Limited (FIRST E&P) Joint Venture (‘the JV’) recently concluded the second edition of its medical outreach which reached over 3,400 residents of its 11 host communities in Bayelsa State including Koluama 1, Koluama 2, Ekeni, Fishtown, Foropa, Ezetu 1, Ezetu 2, Sangana, Oginibiri, Okumbiri, and Okumbiribeleu.

The program, which commenced on Friday, February 23, 2024 and concluded on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 reached residents in remote communities with free health checks, laboratory tests and treatment, as well as eye checks and care, dental services and distribution of mosquito nets. This year’s outreach followed the success of the maiden edition in 2022 which saw a total of 2,600 people spread across 8 communities benefit from the initiative.

Speaking during the launch of the five-day medical outreach in Sangana, the Head of Social Performance, FIRST E&P, Ayebatonye Benjamin Basuo, stated that the initiative was implemented following a needs assessment carried out in the host communities. According to Basuo, “The outreach was in line with FIRST E&P’s commitment to deliver high-impact social performance initiatives aimed at creating a better, sustainable future for our host communities, with a focus on education, infrastructural development, and health projects. Some of the communities reached do not have a hospital and residents must travel to other villages to access health care. We are pleased that with this initiative, we have been able improve the quality of life for many, and in some instances to deliver lifesaving interventions”. 

She further said, “Beyond this program, over the years, we have implemented other measures to bridge the healthcare gaps identified in our communities. For example, in 2020 we appointed 10 healthcare personnel to complement the efforts of the state government in caring for people in remote communities”.

In his remarks, Chief Upstream Investment Officer (CUIO) of NNPC Upstream Investment Management Services (NUIMS), Bala Wunti, noted that the initiative was designed to provide quality healthcare for people in the host communities.

According to Wunti, the intervention would help prevent and reduce cases of malaria, dental problems, and permanent loss of vision by providing early diagnosis, free reading glasses and consumables for all related diseases. “This is the second time that NNPC/FIRST E&P Joint Venture initiated the health outreach to our host communities in Bayelsa State. In 2022, eight (8) communities benefitted from this medical outreach,” he said.

He expressed profound gratitude to the communities and other stakeholders for their support. He also assured the people of the company’s commitment to continue operating on the standards of ethics and sustainability while dealing with the environmental and social impacts of its activities.

Also speaking, the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, Bayelsa State, Dr. Ngowari Torunana, congratulated NNPC and FIRST E&P for the intervention to alleviate the suffering of the downtrodden. He noted that the government would continue to create an enabling environment for private sector participation in the health sector.

In his response, Chairman, Board of Trustees, KEFFESO Host Communities’ Development Trust (KHCDT), His Royal Highness, Amadabo of Moko-Ama Sangana Kingdom, Moses Theophilus, commended NNPC/FIRST E&P JV on the intervention, stressing that all the people of the community appreciate the immense contribution.

“We are pleased about the health outreach and would appreciate it if other oil and gas companies could follow in their footsteps. I must say that NNPC/FIRST E&P Joint Venture has made a tremendous contribution to developing the Sangana community,” His Royal Highness said.

One of the beneficiaries, Gbali Ayawei, expressed appreciation to NNPC/FIRST E&P for bringing the initiative to positively impact the community’s health. “We want to thank NNPC and FIRST E&P for this intervention. This is the second time we are witnessing this, we appreciate all the support,” Ayawei said.



FIRST E&P is a leading independent Exploration and Production (E&P) company with maximum delivery capacity across the upstream oil and gas value chain, including drilling, well completion, well testing, and production operations.


Established in 2011, the company officially commenced operations in 2012, achieved its first oil production from the Anyala field in OML 83 on October 21, 2020, and recorded its first export lifting on January 10, 2021. The company currently produces over 40,000 bbl/d and focuses on growing its daily production to 60,000 bbl/d. For more information, please visit our website:

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