- In 2016 Ibom power sponsored the procurement of a cassava-processing mill for Ikpetim women
- The women subsequently requested for assistance to construct a building to house the equipment
- After series of meetings, Ibom power has given the women N1million to construct the building
- This is in addition to the sum of N5million previously given to Ikpetim for community development
Ikpetim women development association, the umbrella body of all the women in Ikpetim village, Ikot Abasi have received the sum of N1million from Ibom Power Company Limited to construct a building that will house the cassava-processing mill provided to the community by Ibom power.
Ibom power previously assisted the women to procure the cassava-processing equipment but the women returned to request further assistance to construct a building to house the equipment.
The Managing Director of Ibom power, Engr. Meyen Etukudo who addressed the women in the conference room of Ibom power plant site in Ikot Abasi said the company relates with Ikpetim village as an entity because they are the immediate host community of Ibom power plant.
He said last year, when Ibom power gave N5million to the five clans in Ikot Abasi for community development, Ikpetim received a separate N5million from Ibom power even though Ikpetim is under Ikpa Ibekwe, a clan that also received N5million from Ibom power for community development.
The MD said that in spite of the N5million previously given to Ikpetim for community development, the Board and Management of Ibom Power resolved to assist Ikpetim women with additional N1million to construct a building to house the cassava-processing mill. Engr. Etukudo said, Ibom power will continue to offer assistance to Ikpetim women as the need arises.
Grace Dennis Ukpe who spoke on behalf of Ikpetim women expressed appreciation to the Management of Ibom power for the donation. She recalled that Ibom power distributed Covid-19 palliatives to Ikpetim community during the lockdown and expressed gratitude to Ibom for looking after the community.
She said that by providing the funds to construct a building to house the cassava-processing mill, Ibom power has lifted a huge burden off the community. The other representatives of Ikpetim women expressed gratitude to Ibom and prayed for the sustenance of the mutual coexistence of Ibom power and Ikpetim community.