Gas extracting firm, BG Tanzania Limited has made a donation of foodstuff worth 12m/- to families affected by floods in Mtwara Municiaplity and Ziwani ward in Mtwara Rural District.
A statement issued on Tuesday by the firm said the donation consisting of eight tons of maize flour and four tons of beans, to benefit 400 households, was handed over on Friday at Mtwara District Commissioner’s office by BG Community and Government Affairs Coordinator, Emil Karuranga.
Karuranga said: “BG Tanzania considers itself as part of Mtwara community that is why we consider it important to support this community, particularly during difficult times such as this. We are therefore happy to add our efforts to those of other benevolent stakeholders, who have come forward to support communities in Mtwara.”
Officiating the ceremony, Mtwara District Commissioner, Wilman K. Ndile, expressed his gratitude to BG Tanzania for the donation, noting that the maize and beans will have an immediate impact on the wellbeing of the recipient families.
Ndile added that BG Tanzania has been a positive partner to local government and has benefited the community in a number of ways through its corporate social responsibility programmes.
He noted that these activities demonstrate that BG is committed to investing in both the company’s gas industry, as well as the local communities.
BG Tanzania has been operating in Mtwara since July 2010, conducting offshore gas exploration activities.
It is one of the largest energy production companies in the world with projects in more than 20 countries; its subsidiary, BG International (BGI), first entered the Tanzania market last year, buying 60 percent of the shares of Ophir Tanzania Limited and thereby acquiring their contract between the government of Tanzania and the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) for exploration of gas in the Indian Ocean.