Dodo River Communities Rural Development Association (DODO RDA) is a community based Organization (CBO) established in 2005 with four member board of trustees under chevron GMOU. Registered as a Legal entity with CAC on 11th June, 2010 with registration number: CAC/IT/No 38386. It has a membership of 5 communities located at the riverine area of the Niger Delta region in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Nigeria made of two clans- Iduwini & Mein. The organization is in partnership with Chevron Nigeria Limited, Bayelsa state government, local government, NDDC and professional NGOS for sustainable development. It is Constituted as an organisation of twenty (20) members drawn from five (5) members communities with an executive members of six (6) persons including a female as the financial secretary: Chairman, Vice Chairman; Secretary; Financial Secretary; Treasurer; PRO. The also has a staff capacity of: A qualified Accountant and Admin. Officer, Office Secretary, Officer, Communication Officer working with the RDC as a Liaison Officer. The RDA also consults the services of professionals to provide technical services e.g. Engineering and other professional services to give the RDA support.
The need for a better community relationship in the oil operational areas with Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) brought about the introduction of Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) which altered the existence of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was based on Community Engagement.
In the Community Engagement Concept- MOU (Memorandum of Understanding), individuals of host communities signs an Agreement with Chevron Nigeria Limited which was based on direct and individual dealings. The problems and difficulties encountered under this concept made the concept hard to be implemented. Funds that were not utilized at the end of a financial year were sent back to NAPIMS- subsidiary of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporations awaiting another budgetary approval and that delayed the delivery of a lot of projects.
However, this new concept (Global Memorandum of Understanding) ensures that communities come together under the umbrella of Regional Development Committee (RDC). This Regional Development Committee is directly responsible for the management of the funds and development of the communities. They are responsible for the planning and implementation of development projects in the area. For the purpose of registering with Corporate Affairs Commission, these Regional Development Committees’ are now having various names.
On the 24th day of October, 2005, Dodo River Communities under the name Dodo River Regional Development Council signed the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) with full participation and support of the Bayelsa State Government as partners which was expected to be renewed after four years. And we must be sincere to inform the world that Chevron Nigeria Ltd has kept to that agreement with minor increment in funding despite failing to fulfill the two years funding review as agreed in the last two GMoUs.
This concept that replaced the MOU brought a wider governance structure which includes oversight functions, transparency, accountability, peace building, etc. The designing, implementing and management of planned development programmes became the responsibility of the Regional Development Councils with Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and professional experts giving their technical support and assistance.
The sense of ownership is now gradually been built into the Rural Development Association (RDA) in managing the system by the concept of the Global Memorandum of Understanding GMoU.
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Overview of the GMoU
What is GMoU?
- A comprehensive agreement between Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) and the Regional Development Council (RDC) (a group of communities) within a geographical area.
- Signed by RDC (on behalf of communities), CNL & State Govt.
- It specifies CNL’s activities, benefits to communities in terms of development and other basis for relationship over a period of time (3 years)
- It is part of sustainable community development efforts of CNL
- It specifies how CNL would relate with communities in their area of operation
- Involves several stakeholders in its implementation
- It has a governance structures with committees
Objectives of GMoU
- Participatory Partnership
- To encourage CNL and RDC to work with the State Govt and other stakeholders (NGOs, NDDC, Development Organizations etc.)
- To partner for the promotion of Development, Peace & Security
- Transparency and Accountability
- To encourage the parties to operate open & accountable system through the implementation of the governance model of the GMoU
- Capacity Building
- To transfer responsibility and accountability to the RDC with respect to planning and execution of development projects/programs
- RDC to own and manage their own development programs
- To help community members gain and develop relevant skills
- Safety, Security and Rule of Law
- To jointly promote safe and secure environment within and around the communities
- To help CNL fulfill its business goals
- Community Empowerment and Sustainable Development
- To assist the RDC in its efforts to peacefully lead the communities
- To assist RDC in its quest for economic development
- Improved relationship between CNL and RDC
- To promote a harmonious relationship between the communities and CNL
- Signatories to agreement
- RDC, CNL & State Government
- Signatories to the Project Accounts
- RDC, CNL, State Government
- Members of GMoU Committees Funds provided by Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL)
- RDC, CNL, State Government, NDDC, NGOs, NAPIMS, Local Governments
Functions of Dodo River Communities Rural Development Association
Though not limited to the following, the functions of the RDA are;
- To provide transparent and accountable governance
- To strengthen member communities to initiate, design and implement their own development agenda
- To initiate, implement and promote sustainable development, peace and security in corporation with other stakeholders.
- To attract other donor organizations to invest in the GMoU process
- To foster unity among member communities
Our Partners include:
- Accord for Community Development (ACCORD)
The Accord for Community Development is a frontline development institution based in Nigeria. Accord specializes in the provision of policy-relevant research and strategic blueprints for the sustainable management of resources in rural marginal communities as well as disadvantaged urban centres.
Accord is actively committed to the building of institutions and structures for the promotion of sustainable development through participatory approaches. Equipped with an effective, qualified and motivated workforce, Accord is focused on providing world class development services in line with international best practice.
2. Participatory Partnership for Community Development (PPCD)
PPCD is an initiative of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), the operator of the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture. It was established to build the capacity of the Regional Development Councils (RDCs) to enable them effectively implement the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU), a tripartite agreement on community development which CNL entered into with the communities and state governments in the areas where it does business in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. www.accorddev.org
The PPCD programme implementation is led by the New Nigeria Foundation (NNF), a front line community development NGO based in Lagos. Other support NGOs working with the NNF in the implementation of the PPCD programme include: Niger Delta Professionals for Development (NIDPRODEV), Morgan Smart Development Foundation (MSDF) and Accord for Community Development (ACD).
PPCD operations office is located at Plot 38 Johnson Duku Crescent, Effurun GRA, Warri, Delta State. http://ppcdng.org/new/index.php
3. NNPC/Chevron Nigeria Limited Joint Venture
Learn about Chevron Nigeria Limited, their vision and mission, their operational methods and relationship with host communities. www.chevron.com & www.nnpcgroup.com
4. Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta
PIND is part of a new form of public and private sector collaboration, which represents exciting opportunities to produce unique development partnerships that can make a difference. www.pindfoundation.net
5. Bayelsa State Government
Learn about Bayelsa State. www.bayelsa.gov.ng