SPDC-GMoU IN PRINCIPLE AND ACTION
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As a sustainable means of ensuring the development of host communities and implementing need based projects and programmes for the integrated and long term development of her host communities, SPDC working with the RVSG and her host communities adopted a new development interface that is aimed at enabling communities be on the driving sit of their development with SPDC and other stakeholders providing financial and material support to help realise the development aspirations of the communities. To this end a number of agreements were reached between the communities, the RVSG and Host communities, the agreements reached were in turn crystallised in a document referred to as the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMOU). The highlight of the GMOU which was executed by the three parties (RVSG, SPDC and host Communities) includes the following;

  • To achieve the objectives of the GMOU, there shall be established a Cluster Development Board whose membership shall include community representatives drawn from the Community Trust(Chairperson and Secretary of Community Trust)
  • There shall also be established a Community Trust which shall represent the interest of their specific communities at the CDB. The CT shall draw its membership from major interest groups within the community including youths, women and elders.
  • An agreed fund designate over the five year period shall be made available on an annual basis to carry out programmes/projects in the specific communities. These funds however is paid into the joint account of the CDBs & SPDC on three tranches (February, June and November) every of these years.
  • It shall be the responsibility of the CDB acting through the CTs to utilise these funds for the types of projects and activities identified to improve the quality of life and provide sustainable development
  • Where any major project with a value exceeding $50 million takes place within the Cluster, an additional funding to the tune of 2% of project cost shall be contributed and paid into the GMOU account as one-off payment to the Cluster.
  • There shall be three (3) signatories to the GMOU Bank Account namely the Chairman of the CDB, the representative of Rivers State Government Ministry/Departments in the CDB and the representative of SPDC on the CDB.
  • Detailed Operating Procedures for the CDB will be adopted to form part of this GMOU.

The following Clusters came on board at the onset of the GMoU process in Rivers State;

  • Akuku-Toru
  • DAA 1
  • DAA 3
  • Etche 1
  • Etche 2
  • Ikwerre
  • I.A. cluster
  • Greater Port Harcourt

In May 2007, Anpez Centre for Environment & Development was commissioned to mentor Etche 1 & Etche 2 clusters and in April 2008 Anpez was re-deployed to mentor the DAA3 Cluster.
Both Etche 1 & 2 and the DAA3 Cluster Development Boards were inaugurated by the Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs of Rivers State in 2007. The Boards started development activities from 2007 and has remained in existence since then to date.

The clusters were made up of several communities as follows;
Etche 1 was made up of Umuebule, Ikwerre Ngwo, Chokota, Imeh, Umuokwa, Okoche, Chokocho, Umuochasi, and Umuakuru communities, while

Etche 2 was made up of Abara, Umuechem, Ozuzu, Umuchorgu, Umuedeokwara, Okoroagu Central, Okpuala Okoroagu, Isu, Odagwa 1, Odagwa 2, and Egwi communities. 

DAA 3 cluster was made up of Fourteen (14) main communities and Thirteen (13) satellite (Coastal lines) communities. The 14 main/major communities include; Abalama, Abonnema, Bakana, Buguma, Captain Kiri, Elem Kalabari, Fouchee, Minama, Obuama, Ido, Ifoko, Sangama, Tema, and Tombia. While the 13 satellite communities include: Elem Tombia, Elem Bekinkiri, Mbiakafimimo, Elem Ifoko, Jacob Kiri, Moni Kiri/Portuguese Kiri, Money Kiri/Ledi Kiri/ Mbikiri/Site Management, Elem Abalama, Old Sangama, Elem ido and Elem Tema
Team of Anpez staff carried out Need Assessment of the communities using the SLA/PRA approach as stipulated by the GMoU process and after which, five years development plans emerged for the affected communities. Subsequently, the developmental intervention that has so far been carried out in these communities was based on these Community Development Plans.     
Funding allocation to the clusters for the period of five years is as follows;

Etche 1
The sum of N555, 756,510 (Five Hundred and Fifty Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Six, Thousand five Hundred and Ten Naira) shall be made available to the cluster to carry out development activities for the benefit of the communities for five years (2007 – 2012). This amount will be made available annually at the rate of N 111,151,302 (One Hundred and Eleven Million, One Hundred and Fifty One Thousand, Three Hundred and Two Naira only) per annum. This amount shall be paid in three tranches of #37,050,434 M per tranche in February, June and November of each year. This fund will be paid into an escrow account jointly managed by SPDC and the Cluster.

Etche 2
The sum of N 437,505,650 (Five Hundred and Fifty Million, (Four Hundred and Thirty Seven Million Five Hundred and Five Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty Naira) only shall be made available to the cluster to carry out development activities for the benefit of the communities for five years (2007 – 2012). This amount will be made available annually at the rate of N 87,501,130 (Eighty Seven Million Five Hundred and One Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty Naira) only per annum. This amount shall be paid in three tranches of N29, 167,434 (Twenty Nine million One Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand Four Hundred and Thirty Four Naira) only per tranche in February, June and November of each year. This fund will be paid into an escrow account jointly managed by SPDC and the Cluster.

DAA 3
The sum of N 2,225,000,000.00 (Two Billion Two Hundred and Twenty Five Million Naira Only) shall be made available to the cluster to carry out development activities for the benefit of the communities for five years (2007- 2012). This amount will be made available annually at the rate of N445, 000,000.00 (Four Hundred and Forty Five Million Naira Only) per annum. This amount shall be paid in three tranches annually at the rate of N 148,300,000 (One Hundred and Forty Eight Million Naira) per tranche in February, June and November of each year. This fund will be paid into an escrow account jointly managed by SPDC and the Cluster.

The fund was allocated for use as follows under specific headings;

  • Administration 10%
  • Projects 90%.

There are sub committees that help to make the board functional and these are;

  • Technical Committee
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution Committee
  • Communication & Partnership Committee
  • Finance & Resources Management Committee

The boards have metamorphosed into foundation, following their registration with the Cooperate Affairs Commission and certification.  Their new corporate identities are now as follows;

Etche 1 ETCHE ONE CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

Etche 2

DAA3
DAA3 CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
The foundation, working assiduously with its committee and mentorship, has been able to deliver a good number of projects/programs ranging from Infrastructures, Human Capital Development, Economic Empowerment and Social services across the clusters. The number of projects carried out in the various clusters is captured below
Etche 1 2007 – 2008
Thirteen projects/programmes were contracted. Of these, Eleven were infrastructural projects while Two were programmes, initiated and completed.  

Etche 2 2007- 2008

DAA3 2007 -2011
To that effect, 34 infrastructural projects have being executed and 54 programmes implemented. There are about 17 projects/programmes that are ongoing.

 

 
 
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