Ugbebig shall pro-actively and energetically pursue the maximisation of Nigerian Content on the all project contracts for such activities as:
• Health & Safety
• Other services
Fabrication subcontractors are used for the projects, which involve the employment of qualified Nigerian labour in the non-skilled, skilled and professional cadre.
Community relations is a value added service central to our comprehensive approach to project management. A strong cordial relationship with the community forms an important part of our everyday activities, ensuring the project site is developed with an environment of trust and understanding, so that work can proceed on time and without costly interruptions.
The Niger Delta youths of today are many times more aware and more acutely sensitive and conscious of their rights to a fair share of the nation's wealth. They already have very strong yearnings to participate meaningfully in developing and managing petroleum resources and in the past Ugbebig adopted the following measures as an instrument of company policy.
• Courtesy call on community leaders, including youth wings was undertaken prior to commencement of operations. This established cordiality with host communities.
• Employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled labour was offered to host communities and given the chance of first refusal for qualified applicants.
• One of the employees from the host community was designated as the Liaison Officer between Ugbebig and the community.
• Preliminary training programmes were offered to unskilled labour.
• A regular channel of communication was maintained with the host community to feel their pulse from time to time on community issues and pre-empt controversies.
• Ugbebig participated in social activities including modest contribution to support such programs in order to foster unity and accord the community recognition.
• Modest contributions are made for the execution of host community projects with a view to locking-in their aspirations and desires.
• Formal briefing of staff on community issues prior to mobilization of staff to site.
• Ugbebig maintained a posture of non-interference and respect cultural values of the host communities.
• In the event of a dispute/misunderstanding, Ugbebig would seek peaceful resolution through dialogue with all parties involved, including Council of Chiefs, Local Government officials, etc.
Ugbebig is fully committed to maintaining a very cordial and mutually rewarding relationship with the community in which it operates. Good relationship with the host community is very relevant and sensitive for a smooth and uninterrupted operation.
The responsibility for the community relations procedures rest with our Corporate Affairs Director. Dr. B.E. Odia, a renowned personality in community relations for the Niger-Delta region, currently occupies this position.
It is our policy to have courtesy call on community leaders, including youth wings undertaken prior to commencement of operations. This establishes cordiality with host communities ensuring the project site is developed with an environment of trust and understanding.
Wherever we operate we look for ways to build strong and effective partnership with the people and communities we encounter and have in the past encouraged the following priority program areas:
• EDUCATION & TRAINING
• HEALTH CARE
• SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
One of the employees from the host community is designated as the Liaison Officer between us and the community. Employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled labour is then offered to host communities and given the chance of first refusal for qualified applicants.
Furthermore, Preliminary Training Programmes are offered to unskilled labour which familiarizes them with new techniques and equipment. This would include toolbox talks and would cover areas of Safety and Craft. Particularly emphasis would be placed on safe working procedures and general Safety principles.
It is Ugbebig's policy to employ as many skilled workers as possible from the host community and we realize the importance of training and technology transfer to local population.
We also provide a number of places within the workforce for approved Industrial Training/Attachment including Industrial Work Experience as required by government regulation.
We give full and fair opportunities to existing competent Nigerian companies and capable Nigerian indigenous contractors and suppliers to provide products and services to us subject to them being competitive in price, quality, delivery and safety, with focus on optimising local content.