The Abbott Oil Services has a unique niche in its approach to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility in Nigeria in that it has patented and pursued a three-pronged CSR strategy to Human Capital Development, Personal Welfare and Community Impact Projects. The objective of this approach is to ensure that the impact of the Group on its communities transcend the immediate to long-term, sustainable developments.
HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT
For Human Capital Development, the Abbott oil Services has always promoted the concept of developing the capacity of the youths and residents of communities where it is operating by imbuing them with skill-sets that will continue to benefit them even long after the Company has completed its project and left the community.
The Group currently has a track record of speedy integration with host communities of projects it is executing irrespective of the volatility of the region and perceived hostility of the host community.
This feat has been achieved and is being sustained via a deliberate Community Relations Management Policy of integrating members of project host communities into the core of the project execution cycle.
Youths and residents of project host communities are given first consideration in manpower recruitment for project execution and even where they do not possess the skill-set required, they are sent on specialized training to acquire the relevant skills required to integrate them into the project cycle. Similarly, local contractors handle all supplies and minor sub-contracts and we have a policy of ensuring that we exhaust local availability of raw materials before bringing in anything from outside thus empowering local businesses.
The Personal Welfare approach involves Host Community Leaders who are also empowered viaÂ assistance with basic needs like vehicles and other forms of mobility and building, renovation andÂ rebuilding of their places of abode and meeting. Women in our communities are also grouped into co-operative units who are then empowered with cash grants to engage in small-holder trading, purchase of high-yield seedlings and sundry personal welfare endeavours.
COMMUNITY IMPACT PROJECTS
The third cardinal thrust of the Abbott oil Services CSR approach is the Community Impact Projects which seeks to identify communal needs of project host communities and take practical short and longterm steps towards addressing them.
This has seen the group sink boreholes complete with large water reservoirs and modern sustainable pumping mechanisms.
FREE MEDICAL INTERVENTION PROGRAMMES
The Group also sponsors periodic Free Medical Intervention Programmes which entails taking Doctors and Medical Personnel to project host communities to diagnose and treat various ailments affecting residents of the communities. Those with more severe cases are referred to the nearest Hospital on the bill of the Group.
PLACES OF WORSHIP
Mindful of the religious needs of host communities, the Abbott oil Services is also involved in ensuring that members of its community have befitting places of worship. The Group has thus constructed two magnificent places of worship for the people of Ibeno in Akwa Ibom State and Ehime Mbano in Imo State.
â€œThe Abbott oil Services takes it CSR as seriously as it takes its track-record of excellent project delivery because touching the lives of members of the community will imbue in them a greater sense of ownership of the projects executed in their communities thus preserving the projects and ensuring their longevityâ€�
LOCAL PECULIARITIES APPRECIATION
Another key policy of the Abbott oil Services is to appreciate and integrate the human angle of its projects into every project execution cycle. The Group takes time to appreciate peculiar challenges faced by the communities where the project is cited and how the project will ameliorate those challenges.
The Group seeks to understand the dynamics of these communities and factors that have affected them prior to project executions and aggregates all this information into a holistic narrative which guides decision making processes and conduct of staff on project sites.
This approach has seen the group go the extra mile on several occasions over and above the regular project scope to accommodate peculiar needs of communities that will feel an adverse impact if the project is executed as specified.
This has in-turn earned for the group the admiration, respect and love of its project host communities such that while other contractors are afraid for the safety of their staff and equipment at project sites, staff of Abbott oil Services are feted and pampered by members of the community and Abbott oil Services equipments are not in danger of vandalization or damage.
Abbott oil Services â€“ CONNECTING COMMUNITIES
Projects executed by the Abbott oil Services have opened up hitherto land-locked communities.
Abbott oil Services Project Communities now feel a sense of belonging to the larger community and they have been integrated into the larger society.
The Abbott oil Services have cited a Petrol Station at a community in Ehime Mbano, Imo State to ease the challenge hitherto faced by members of the community who had to travel almost 20 kilometers to the nearest urban area to get fuel for mobility and powering various equipment.
In all these, the Abbott oil Services has ensured a fair deal for members of its communities and they are the better for it.