Edo communities pledge support for Okomu oil

The traditional head of Odighi Community in Ovia North East council of Edo State, Osaretin Akenzua has said that they have written to the state government; Oba of Benin and other communities dissociating themselves from the protest by some persons he described as misguided and ill-advised indigenes of some communities against Okomu Oil Palm Company.

Akenzua made this declaration at a sensitisation awareness campaign by Okomu Oil tagged: “A Healthy Environment Begins With Me”, where he said he was happy with what the company has achieved in the communities, stressing that he would be glad if the communities cooperate with the company to enable it deliver on its mission and vision.

He said: “We the communities of Odiguetue, Uhiere, Ugboke, Owan and Agbanikaka wish to bring to your notice the progress so far made on corporate social responsibilities (CSR) by Okomu Oil Palm Company.

“Since the inception of the company, they have provided boreholes, health centres, and renovated the Enogie Palace, Odionwere’s house, schools, built new market stalls, roads, and awarded bursary award to our children.”

Speaking, Managing Director of the company, Heyfa Douglas said he felt good working in good and friendly environment with the workers adding: “As we work together we cannot be alone. The people are all stakeholders. We are all here for the safety of everybody. Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are part of the health and safety programmes of the environment.

“The important thing is that we do not just do things on our own. We are taking the safety and health of the environment of our workers and communities into consideration. The forestry areas are clearly taken care of. We have a good working relationship with the communities and we try as much as possible to assist wherever possible even in our CSR initiatives.”

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