Community projects

The Niger Delta is created by the River Niger, as it drains out into the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is 70,000 km2 of a diverse and luxuriant ecosystem consisting of mangrove swamps, wet tropical forests and freshwater forests. It is one of the biggest Delta areas in the world.

The region is spread across nine Nigerian states - namely Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Imo, Edo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Ondo and Abia States. It is home to over 40 ethnic groups and 30 million people, making the Niger Delta one of the most densely populated areas in the country. 
We are committed to protecting the region’s ecological and demographic diversity.


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – defined by the United Nations in 2015 as part of the UN 2030 Agenda – are cardinal values that guide Eni in all its activities in the Countries where it operates. Some of these principles – including ensuring access to reliable, affordable and clean energy, promoting sustained, inclusive and diversified economic growth, fostering access to health services and to education, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems - have been implemented by Eni in the host communities in Nigeria for several years.

Find out more about our Mission

A challenge we must face together

We have adopted the United Nations’ strategic vision, integrating the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our company mission.

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End poverty in all its forms everywhere


End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages


Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all


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Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


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Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all



Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all


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Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all


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Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation


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Reduce inequality within and among countries



Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


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Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns


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Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts


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Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development


Promote the sustainable management of forests, combat desertification, halt land degradation and biodiversity loss

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Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels


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Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development


NAOC and Community Relations

Eni operations in Nigeria span both the onshore and offshore areas of the country. Its onshore operations, carried out through its subsidiary the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), are located across 4 States in the Niger Delta, namely Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers, with a footprint in over 300 communities within these States. As a socially responsible company, NAOC treats every one of these communities – whether they are ‘host communities’ i.e communities hosting important NAOC facilities, or ‘transit communities’ ie communities traversed by NAOC’s network of pipelines – as important stakeholders in its operations.

Promoting local development

Over the years, therefore, NAOC has promoted local development in its areas of operation. In recognition of this, the company was recently awarded the Sustainability in the Extractive (SITEI) Conference 2019 Community Engagement Award. NAOC has contributed to the improvement of socio-economic conditions in the communities it operates in by promoting initiatives in the areas of health, education, access to energy, infrastructural development, capacity building, and agricultural development, consistent with several key UN sustainable development goals. Community investments like these have helped to enhance trust between the company and local communities, and to strengthen the company’s social license to operate. This synergy is ensured by the fact that, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 17 (Partnership for the Goals), all the company’s social projects are negotiated and defined with the active collaboration of the local communities themselves. 


This is assured through the instrumentality of a mutually defined agreement reached between the company and the community. Up till 2014, this agreement was known as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs). It was signed with individual communities, and set out the company’s CSR obligations to the signatory community over a period of four years. However, since 2017, NAOC began phasing out the MOU, and replacing it with the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU). With GMOUs, communities are grouped into clusters, based on history, affinity, proximity, clan, Local Government, and State Government. They are administered through a Community Development Board (CDB) for each Cluster, which comprises of representatives of the Communities, NAOC and very crucially the Government as well.

The benefits of an integrated approach

The benefits of this updated approach to community engagement include:

  • ensuring a well-planned model for development and relating with communities

  • prompting inclusiveness, participation and fair representation of all stakeholders 

  • ensuring community development strategy is in alignment with Governmental plans

  • increasing local ownership of projects and accountability, and

  • promoting wholesome (cluster-wide) projects/programs with consequent gains in terms of effectiveness and impact.

In the transitory period between the MoU and the GMoU models, NAOC continues to execute Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) in its communities to maintain the pace of development.

NAE and AENR and Community Relations

Eni subsidiaries in Nigeria operating offshore - NAE and AENR - also share in the company’s corporate philosophy of being socially responsible, and promoting the quality of life and the socio-economic development of the territories in which the company operates. 

Therefore, even though these companies do not operate on land, or within communities, they carry out significant social investments in the Niger Delta and the country as a whole. 


Health projects

NAOC’s investment strategy in the area of healthcare aims to make health services available to less privileged populations.



NAOC has completed various infrastructural projects in communities within its areas of operation. These projects include the construction of concrete and asphalted roads, jetties and bridges, shore protection and sand-filling, public buildings, schools, hospitals, training centres, community halls, and cottage industries. 
These infrastructural developments have helped promote access to health, education, markets, and socio-cultural activities. They have also helped to facilitate transportation across the region, and to create jobs, contributing thereby to the campaign to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in the Niger Delta.