Society

Sustainable and responsible business practice is an integral part of the way in which NWDM operates. Execution of Projects in Nigeria involves the integration of community workers, and local suppliers for works to be sub-contracted and  supply of basic materials such as sand, cement and rock.

Ogulagha Shore Protection Works

In 2011 NWDM completed the coastal defense project in the vicinity of the SPDC Forcados Export Terminal, the purpose of which was to protect the terminal from high tides. In order to contribute towards the local community at the same time, we also tackled the protection of the nearby fishing village of Ogulagha.

This project has delivered economic  benefits to the local community and will continue to do so given that the threat of flooding and erosion is now a thing of the past. A total of 2,300 meters of coastline was raised and reinforced, and all the land which had eroded away was reclaimed. Two mooring places for fishing boats were also realized.

Family Care Association collaboration - Malaria Control and Prevention

In 2011 and 2012, Nigerian Westminster Dredging and Marine Limited in collaboration with NGO, Family Care Association (FCA), executed two Malaria Control and Prevention Projects under the umbrella of the Nigeria Malaria Control and Prevention Programme. The programme which took place in Ilaje LGA, Ondo state was managed by a team of FCA medical professionals, volunteers and project coordinators and reached out to the riverine communities of Igbokoda, Ugbonlo, Aiyetoro and Ilowo. Malaria is something the communities face on a daily basis. The focus of the programme was to reduce the malaria burden within the target communities through distribution of 2,000 LLIN (Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets), Intermittent Preventive Treatment for pregnant women, free Rapid Diagnostic Tests for malaria, free ACT malaria medication for those who tested positive for malaria, with emphasis on pregnant women and children under five years.

A key aspect of the programme was to address malaria prevention education and awareness through campaigns, seminars and lectures. Two hundred (200) community health workers, nurses, pharmacists and medical personnel from within the LGA received training and certification in malaria prevention and control, as well as training for 3,016 community agents.

Follow Up

During the NMCPP follow-up visits, nearly 75% of households in Rivers State and over 87% in Ondo state that received nets were found to be using them correctly and consistently.  

A comparison between individual’s using LLINs in an appropriate manner and members in the same community that are not using LLINs showed the malaria prevalence rate was reduced by nearly half among those using the nets. This significant reduction in the malaria prevalence has a major positive effect on the health and economic wellbeing of the communities.