NNPC Ltd/FIRST E&P Joint Venture Launches ‘Impact First Initiative’; donates over N50M to Non-Governmental Organizations

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Lagos, Nigeria. 16th April 2025 – The NNPC Ltd/FIRST E&P Joint Venture (JV), in line with its commitment to make a tangible difference in the lives of those who need it the most, has donated over fifty million naira to five outstanding NGOs through its newly launched ‘Impact FIRST’ initiative. The initiative was launched with an official grant presentation ceremony which was held at Movenpick hotel, Ikoyi Lagos. 

The ‘Impact FIRST’ program is designed provide much needed support to NGOs that are addressing critical issues ranging from healthcare access, education access, poverty alleviation and empowerment initiatives for vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups across the country. For this maiden edition of the initiative, The IREDE Foundation, Cerebral Palsy Centre, OISA Foundation, Human Development Initiatives (HDI) and Niola Cancer Care Foundation emerged as beneficiaries of financial grants.

The selection of the beneficiary organizations followed a rigorous selection process which kicked off with nominations of deserving charities by the Joint Venture’s stakeholders.

At the event, the Chief Upstream Investment Officer, NNPC Upstream Investment Management Services (NUIMS), Mr. Bala Wunti commended the selfless work of the beneficiaries of the Impact First Grant. Wunti, represented by Deputy Manager, External Relations, NUIMS, Mrs. Edith Lawson said, “NNPC Ltd is a firm believer in the power of corporate social responsibility. We are committed to working alongside our partners to make tangible differences in the lives of those who need it the most. Our support extends far beyond donations, it encompasses sustainable initiatives that foster long-term economic empowerment and social progress. Through our strategic partnership with FIRST E&P and other partners, we have witnessed firsthand the transformative impact that corporate social responsibilities have had”.

Also speaking on the initiative, the Executive Director, Corporate Services FIRST E&P, Mr. Emmanuel Etomi said, “As an organization, we remain committed to contributing towards improving societal well-being and socio-economic development; and we firmly believe in the power of collaboration and community engagement in driving positive change. While corporate organizations like ours strive to make meaningful contributions to societal wellbeing, we recognize the limitations of our resources, expertise, and reach. We believe that NGOs are instrumental in addressing the diverse and complex needs of our communities, particularly those who are most vulnerable. Through partnerships such as these that we seek to extend our collective impact and better address the multifaceted challenges facing our society.”

The IREDE Foundation, notable for providing custom-made prosthetic limbs to child amputees, received a N20,450,000 grant which will enable the foundation to provide prosthetic limbs to child amputees. The foundation also provides psycho-social support and rehabilitation for these children. The Cerebral Palsy Centre, the first organization in Nigeria dedicated to working with children with cerebral palsy and established in 2010, got a grant of N10, 000,000 to continue providing quality therapy and care for children living with Cerebral Palsy. 

Also, the OISA Foundation known for transforming lives through education and healthcare interventions received a grant of N10,000,000 to support initiatives ranging from scholarship programs for indigent children to the establishment of digital innovation learning hubs. While the Human Development Initiatives (HDI) which aims to empower vulnerable populations, particularly women and children, across Nigeria got a grant of N10, 000,000 which would support them to provide vocational skills training to widows in selected regions. Lastly, the Niola Cancer Care Foundation, renowned for championing colon cancer awareness talks and screening got a grant of N3, 000,000 to expand its colon cancer awareness and screening efforts and provide medical support for colon cancer patients.

In her acceptance speech, Crystal Chigbu, Founder of IREDE Foundation expressed gratitude to NNPC Ltd & FIRST E&P for the opportunity to be one of the beneficiaries of the grant, explaining that more than 10 children will be provided with prosthetic limbs from the Grant received.

Earlier in the year, the NNPC Ltd/FIRST E&P Joint Venture organized a health outreach that impacted over 3,400 residents of its 11 host communities in Bayelsa State including Koluama 1, Koluama 2, Ekeni, Fishtown, Foropa, Ezetu 1, Ezetu 2, Sangana, Oginibiri, Okumbiri, and Okumbiribeleu.

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Juliet Ehimuan

Non-Executive Director

Juliet Ehimuan is Director of Google in West Africa. She was named by Forbes as one of the top 20 power women in Africa, by the London Business School as one of 30 people changing the world; and featured in the BBC Africa Power Women series, and on CNN Innovate Africa.

With over 25 years experience primarily in Technology, Oil & Gas, and New Media industries across Europe, Middle East and Africa; Juliet is a leading voice on Innovation, Transformation, and Leadership. She has received numerous awards for outstanding contribution to the digital landscape in Africa. Under her leadership, the Google team has made a significant impact on local content development, infrastructure deployment, and digital capacity building.

Juliet has degrees from the London Business School, University of Cambridge; and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She was awarded IT Personality of the Year in 2012 by the Nigeria Computer Society, Digital Personality of the year 2016 by Marketing World; and received a 2015 Titans of Technology award from TechnologyAfrica.

She is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and recently published 30 Days of
Excellence, a leadership and effectiveness guide.

Daniella Obiesie-Uijlenhoed

Non-Executive Director

Daniella Obiesie-Uijlenhoed is currently a Director & Partner in Danicees FZ, an oil & gas servicing company based in Nigeria & the UAE. She is also on the Board of Directors of FIRST Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Limited, an upstream oil & gas producing company in Nigeria.

Born in Nigeria, Daniella has a Master’s degree in Business Administration & a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of Calabar. She obtained her first degree is from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication.

Daniella started work with the banking industry in 1997. Her work experience includes positions in Federal Mortgage Finance, New Nigeria Bank & Zenith Bank PLC which she left at mid-management level to join Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company in 2005 as a stakeholder management liaison between SNEPCo and NNPC/NAPIMS on the Bonga South-West project.

She would later move to the Contracting team as Head, Office Services, managing the processing & subsequent approvals through the various team lines for all SNEPCo office contracts in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, & Warri.

In 2009, Daniella took a hiatus from Shell Nigeria and worked with Oman Oryx Construction Company, UAE as the Head Corporate Services, responsible for handling all permits and stakeholder management engagements between the company and the Ministry of Energy & Minerals in Oman.

Daniella returned to Shell Nigeria in 2012, working within the strategy & portfolio team for SNEPCo office & governance policies Nigeria, until her voluntary exit from the company in 2015 to join her husband at Danicees and focus on her family.

Daniella is passionate about the formal & non-formal development of young people in Nigeria. She has been a Trustee and Director on the Board of the Duke of Edinburgh award for young people in Nigeria since 2018. The parent organization for the award was founded in 1956 in England by the late Prince Philip the 1st Duke of Edinburgh.

Daniella views external relationships as key enabler to corporate success and is a team player dedicated to personal delivery and organizational goals. She is a hands-on, high-energy individual who uses her unique interpersonal skills to generate value for organizations and their stakeholders, balancing the strategic agenda with the requirements for optimal delivery.