NNPC/Seplat Joint Venture’s Eye Can See Initiative Brightens Lives in Imo State Communities

The NNPC/Seplat Energy Joint Venture inaugurated the 2023 edition of the Eye Can See Programme (Eastern Asset) in Owerri, Imo State. This initiative represents the NNPC/Seplat Energy JV’s commitment to corporate social responsibility by offering high-quality eye care services to the residents of its host communities.

The program, which specifically targets individuals of all ages suffering from eye problems, aims to provide free eye care, visual aids, and surgical treatments for cataracts within NNPC/Seplat Energy’s operational areas. This initiative aligns with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, which focuses on ensuring good health and well-being for all and promoting overall wellness.

Mrs. Ibi-Ada Itotoi, the Managing Director of Seplat East Onshore Limited, expressed her gratitude to the communities and their representatives, emphasizing the importance of their cooperation in allowing the company to operate in their midst. She affirmed the company’s commitment to improving the program based on feedback and assured its return in the coming year.

Representing NNPC Upstream Investment Management Services (NUIMS), Mrs. Halimat Wilson, on behalf of Bala M. Wunti, the Chief Upstream Investment Officer, acknowledged the significance of the Eye Can See program in the annual calendar. He extended appreciation to various stakeholders, including community leaders, traditional rulers, Imo State Government, and the local population, for their unwavering support to the NNPC/Seplat JV over the years.

Dr. Henry Okafor, the Commissioner for Niger Delta Affairs in Imo State, commended Seplat’s consistent and exemplary performance in the state. He expressed the state government’s readiness to collaborate with Seplat and ensure the smooth operation of their activities while emphasizing the importance of receiving the 13% derivation from the company’s production.

The Eye Can See initiative not only offers free optical treatment but also aims to reduce cases of permanent vision loss, provide free reading glasses, address related eye problems, educate patients on eye care and early detection of conditions like Glaucoma, and promote lifestyle changes to reduce rates of Hypertension and Diabetes.

This initiative, which commenced 12 years ago, has already provided 96,411 eye treatments, distributed 45,074 reading glasses, and performed 4,218 surgeries. In the JV’s Eastern Asset, where the program began in 2017, 16,546 individuals have been screened, 7,737 eye glasses distributed, and 577 surgeries performed. The current program aims to screen 3,000 individuals, perform 150 cataract surgeries, and distribute 2,000 reading glasses.

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