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  •  The Communications Officer Okomu Oil Company Mr Fidelis Olise says the firm is Roundtable On Sustainable Palm Oil RSPO certified and must be concerned about environmental issues Olise spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday following reports on the level of illegal oil bunkering in the creeks around the Benin and Okomu Rivers These are both located in Ovia South West Local Government Area LGA of Edo A Federal Controller in the Ministry of Environment Mrs Victoria Ikhianosime had earlier visited the area and described the illegal oil bunkering within the creeks around the rivers as worrisome She had described the illegal activities and pollution as a threat to the immediate environment communities and the nearby Okomu Oil Palm Company Ikhianosime and other officials of her ministry had paid an on the spot assessment visit to see the extent of environmental pollution in the area Shel had said We will fix a date to meet with the communities around this area and the management of the palm oil company for dialogue The meeting will be to educate everyone on the danger of scooping and trading in Illegally refined petroleum products in this environment Commenting on the situation Olise said that the implication of being RSPO certified is that the company is duty bound to look after the environment If we see anything that threatens the environment we are to show adequate concern about it The activities of those illegal bunkerers scooping petrol diesel and kerosene around our rivers bordering our plantation is certainly a threat just like the environmental officials rightly said it could result in fire outbreak The country has had situations in the past where fire was started by petroleum products and a lot of people got burnt alive So in that perspective it is a threat not only to the people doing it but also the people in our plantation the plantation itself and the communities around us Olise also cited the adverse effect the resultant pollution had on the aquatic animals The people around our plantation s only means of livelihood is fishing and with the scooping of diesel and petrol pouring into the river certainly it is going to kill all the fish around there So over time there is going to be an adverse effect on the livelihoods of those people because there will be no fish for them to catch from the river In fact I believe this is already happening and that is why the people have been falsely accusing our company of polluting the water We are very conscious of our agricultural activities and are legally obliged by law to monitor all our water bodies Monthly and quarterly monitoring tests are lodged with the Federal and State Ministries of Environment who monitor our activities with regard to our activities and their effects on the river environment he said The News Agency of Nigeria learnt that over time concerned members of the communities around the river had cried out for help over the pollution of the rivers This had prompted the visit of officials from the ministry of environment The communities mostly affected by the pollution include Agbado Eweke Okomu Makioolo and Marioghionba all in Ovia South West LGA in Edo NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Okomu Oil RSPO certified, concerned about environment — Official
     The Communications Officer Okomu Oil Company Mr Fidelis Olise says the firm is Roundtable On Sustainable Palm Oil RSPO certified and must be concerned about environmental issues Olise spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday following reports on the level of illegal oil bunkering in the creeks around the Benin and Okomu Rivers These are both located in Ovia South West Local Government Area LGA of Edo A Federal Controller in the Ministry of Environment Mrs Victoria Ikhianosime had earlier visited the area and described the illegal oil bunkering within the creeks around the rivers as worrisome She had described the illegal activities and pollution as a threat to the immediate environment communities and the nearby Okomu Oil Palm Company Ikhianosime and other officials of her ministry had paid an on the spot assessment visit to see the extent of environmental pollution in the area Shel had said We will fix a date to meet with the communities around this area and the management of the palm oil company for dialogue The meeting will be to educate everyone on the danger of scooping and trading in Illegally refined petroleum products in this environment Commenting on the situation Olise said that the implication of being RSPO certified is that the company is duty bound to look after the environment If we see anything that threatens the environment we are to show adequate concern about it The activities of those illegal bunkerers scooping petrol diesel and kerosene around our rivers bordering our plantation is certainly a threat just like the environmental officials rightly said it could result in fire outbreak The country has had situations in the past where fire was started by petroleum products and a lot of people got burnt alive So in that perspective it is a threat not only to the people doing it but also the people in our plantation the plantation itself and the communities around us Olise also cited the adverse effect the resultant pollution had on the aquatic animals The people around our plantation s only means of livelihood is fishing and with the scooping of diesel and petrol pouring into the river certainly it is going to kill all the fish around there So over time there is going to be an adverse effect on the livelihoods of those people because there will be no fish for them to catch from the river In fact I believe this is already happening and that is why the people have been falsely accusing our company of polluting the water We are very conscious of our agricultural activities and are legally obliged by law to monitor all our water bodies Monthly and quarterly monitoring tests are lodged with the Federal and State Ministries of Environment who monitor our activities with regard to our activities and their effects on the river environment he said The News Agency of Nigeria learnt that over time concerned members of the communities around the river had cried out for help over the pollution of the rivers This had prompted the visit of officials from the ministry of environment The communities mostly affected by the pollution include Agbado Eweke Okomu Makioolo and Marioghionba all in Ovia South West LGA in Edo NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Okomu Oil RSPO certified, concerned about environment — Official
    General news2 months ago

    Okomu Oil RSPO certified, concerned about environment — Official

    The Communications Officer, Okomu Oil Company, Mr Fidelis Olise, says the firm is“Roundtable On Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified, and must be concerned about environmental issues.

    Olise spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, following reports on the level of illegal oil bunkering in the creeks around the Benin and Okomu Rivers.

    These are both located in Ovia South West Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo.A Federal Controller in the Ministry of Environment, Mrs Victoria Ikhianosime, had earlier visited the area and described the illegal oil bunkering within the creeks around the rivers as worrisome.

    She had described the illegal activities and pollution as a threat to the immediate environment, communities, and the nearby Okomu Oil Palm Company . 

    Ikhianosime and other officials of her ministry had paid an on-the-spot assessment visit to see the extent of environmental pollution in the area.

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    Shel had said :“We will fix a date to meet with the communities around this area and the management of the palm oil company for dialogue.

    “The meeting will be to educate everyone on the danger of scooping and trading in Illegally refined petroleum products in this environment.

    ”Commenting on the situation, Olise said that the implication of being RSPO certified  is that the company is duty bound to look after the environment.

    “If we see anything that threatens the environment, we are to show adequate concern about it.

    “The activities of those illegal bunkerers scooping petrol, diesel and kerosene around our rivers bordering our plantation is certainly a threat, just like the environmental officials rightly said; it could result in fire outbreak.

    “The country has had situations in the past where fire was started by petroleum products and a lot of people got burnt alive.

    “So, in that perspective, it is a threat not only to the people doing it but also the people in our plantation, the plantation itself and the communities around us.

    ”Olise also cited the adverse effect the resultant pollution had on the aquatic animals.

    “The people around our plantation’s only means of livelihood is fishing, and with the scooping of diesel and petrol pouring into the river, certainly it is going to kill all the fish around there.

    “So, over time, there is going to be an adverse effect on the livelihoods of those people because there will be no fish for them to catch from the river.

    “In fact, I believe this is already happening and that is why the people have been falsely accusing our company of polluting the water.

    “We are very conscious of our agricultural activities and are legally obliged by law to monitor all our water bodies.

    “Monthly and quarterly monitoring tests are lodged with the Federal and State Ministries of Environment who monitor our activities with regard to our activities and their effects on the river environment,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria learnt that, over time, concerned members of the communities around the river had cried out for help over the pollution of the rivers.

    This had prompted the visit of officials from the ministry of environment.

    The communities mostly affected by the pollution include Agbado, Eweke, Okomu, Makioolo and Marioghionba, all in Ovia South West LGA, in Edo.(
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  •  One group the Edo Civil Society Organization EDOSCO has called for constant peaceful dialogue to resolve conflicts between companies and host communities to ensure healthy coexistence and development The group s president Mr Augustine Enabulele made the call Friday at a one day seminar organized by EDOSCO in collaboration with an environmental campaign group the Voice of the Earth Initiative VOTI Held in Udo Ovia Southwest Edo Local Government Area the seminar featured participants from Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc and host communities The theme is Sustainable Development and Security Enabulele who underscored the importance of peace in society noted that host communities would not benefit from business in their domain if there was insecurity and harshness in the environment The president added that to achieve peace people must first absorb it before radiating it to others He also called for supporting the implementation of the resolutions recently reached between the management of the company especially Imaroghioba AT amp P and the host communities for the sake of lasting peace Earlier in his welcome speech VOTI spokesman Mr Ajele on Sunday said that the seminar was organized to enlighten and ensure that Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc and its host communities relate harmoniously He said that VOTI was concerned about the series of conflicts stemming from allegations of theft of oil company products and alleged harassment of communities by the company This meeting has become very necessary due to recent events widely publicized in the media that painted the inhabitants and the company as having a bad relationship he stated For his part the Director of Responsibility of the Josemar a Escriv Foundation Dr Jude Obasanmi urged the communities and the oil company to work to build a long term commitment with great impacts Obasanmi who was represented by Dr Bright Oniovokukor said On the company side management must do everything in its power to show benevolence The relationship has mutual responsibility and benefits therefore all parties must play their roles accordingly The parties should consult and seek clarification when necessary The President of the Udo Community Mr Friday Aragua also spoke urging the Marioghinoba Community to abide by the resolutions adopted at the peace meetings convened by the traditional chief of the community The palm oil company s communications officer Mr Fidelis Olise warned organizations and individuals to refrain from the habit of inciting people against the company Olise said that the issues should be put in the proper perspectives for a healthy coexistence instead of causing discontent among the people Participants appreciated the oil company s Corporate Social Responsibility CRS programs which they said dot the communities The participants listed some of the CRS projects such as schools town halls roads wells scholarships among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Peace is the basis of stability and development – ​​Group
     One group the Edo Civil Society Organization EDOSCO has called for constant peaceful dialogue to resolve conflicts between companies and host communities to ensure healthy coexistence and development The group s president Mr Augustine Enabulele made the call Friday at a one day seminar organized by EDOSCO in collaboration with an environmental campaign group the Voice of the Earth Initiative VOTI Held in Udo Ovia Southwest Edo Local Government Area the seminar featured participants from Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc and host communities The theme is Sustainable Development and Security Enabulele who underscored the importance of peace in society noted that host communities would not benefit from business in their domain if there was insecurity and harshness in the environment The president added that to achieve peace people must first absorb it before radiating it to others He also called for supporting the implementation of the resolutions recently reached between the management of the company especially Imaroghioba AT amp P and the host communities for the sake of lasting peace Earlier in his welcome speech VOTI spokesman Mr Ajele on Sunday said that the seminar was organized to enlighten and ensure that Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc and its host communities relate harmoniously He said that VOTI was concerned about the series of conflicts stemming from allegations of theft of oil company products and alleged harassment of communities by the company This meeting has become very necessary due to recent events widely publicized in the media that painted the inhabitants and the company as having a bad relationship he stated For his part the Director of Responsibility of the Josemar a Escriv Foundation Dr Jude Obasanmi urged the communities and the oil company to work to build a long term commitment with great impacts Obasanmi who was represented by Dr Bright Oniovokukor said On the company side management must do everything in its power to show benevolence The relationship has mutual responsibility and benefits therefore all parties must play their roles accordingly The parties should consult and seek clarification when necessary The President of the Udo Community Mr Friday Aragua also spoke urging the Marioghinoba Community to abide by the resolutions adopted at the peace meetings convened by the traditional chief of the community The palm oil company s communications officer Mr Fidelis Olise warned organizations and individuals to refrain from the habit of inciting people against the company Olise said that the issues should be put in the proper perspectives for a healthy coexistence instead of causing discontent among the people Participants appreciated the oil company s Corporate Social Responsibility CRS programs which they said dot the communities The participants listed some of the CRS projects such as schools town halls roads wells scholarships among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Peace is the basis of stability and development – ​​Group
    General news3 months ago

    Peace is the basis of stability and development – ​​Group

    One group, the Edo Civil Society Organization (EDOSCO) has called for constant peaceful dialogue to resolve conflicts between companies and host communities to ensure healthy coexistence and development.

    The group's president, Mr. Augustine Enabulele, made the call Friday at a one-day seminar organized by EDOSCO, in collaboration with an environmental campaign group, the Voice of the Earth Initiative (VOTI).

    Held in Udo, Ovia, Southwest Edo Local Government Area, the seminar featured participants from Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc.

    and host communities.

    The theme is: “Sustainable Development and Security”.

    Enabulele, who underscored the importance of peace in society, noted that host communities would not benefit from business in their domain if there was insecurity and harshness in the environment.

    The president added that to achieve peace, people must first absorb it before radiating it to others.

    He also called for supporting the implementation of the resolutions recently reached between the management of the company, especially Imaroghioba (AT&P) and the host communities, for the sake of lasting peace.

    Earlier in his welcome speech, VOTI spokesman Mr. Ajele on Sunday said that the seminar was organized to enlighten and ensure that Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc and its host communities relate harmoniously.

    He said that VOTI was concerned about the series of conflicts stemming from allegations of theft of oil company products and alleged harassment of communities by the company.

    “This meeting has become very necessary due to recent events widely publicized in the media that painted the inhabitants and the company as having a bad relationship,” he stated.

    For his part, the Director of Responsibility of the Josemaría Escrivá Foundation, Dr. Jude Obasanmi, urged the communities and the oil company to work to build a long-term commitment with great impacts.

    Obasanmi, who was represented by Dr. Bright Oniovokukor, said: “On the company side, management must do everything in its power to show benevolence.

    “The relationship has mutual responsibility and benefits, therefore all parties must play their roles accordingly.

    "The parties should consult and seek clarification when necessary."

    The President of the Udo Community, Mr. Friday Aragua, also spoke, urging the Marioghinoba Community to abide by the resolutions adopted at the peace meetings convened by the traditional chief of the community.

    The palm oil company's communications officer, Mr. Fidelis Olise, warned organizations and individuals to refrain from the habit of inciting people against the company.

    Olise said that the issues should be put in the proper perspectives for a healthy coexistence instead of causing discontent among the people.

    Participants appreciated the oil company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) programs, which they said dot the communities.

    The participants listed some of the CRS projects such as schools, town halls, roads, wells, scholarships, among others.

    (


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  •  The Iyase Tradional ruler of Udo Chief Patrick Igbinidu has urged the people of Imaroghioba Ovia South West local government area of Edo to always honour its agreement with Okomu Oil Palm Company Ltd The traditional ruler also urged the community to avoid unnecessary aggression against the company which could be construed as breach of their peace agreement He said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin while reaction to Wednesday s attack on the company by the community In the incident where the community was protesting the constitution of a vigilance group by the company it allegedly damaged the company s excavator Igbinidu said that such skirmish was avoidable through further dialogue between the parties NAN recalls that the Iyase had in May convened a peace meeting between Imaroghioba community and Okomu oil palm company when crisis erupted between the parties Members of the community had then demonstrated to protest the trenches dug by the oil company around its plantation The company had claimed that it dug the trenches in a portion of land belonging to it to stop the incessant thefts of its oil palm fruits However members of the community said the action was an infringement on their rights of passage and an oppressive tendency by the company The misunderstanding was however resolved through a peace meeting convened by the Iyase of Udo who oversees communities within the locality including Okomu and Imaroghioba The meeting had representatives of the security agencies and other stakeholders in attendance Part of the resolutions of the peace agreement was that the digging of the trenches should continue Another was that the company should assist the community to create alternative road in areas where the trenches were seen as obstruction of the road as claimed by the community It was also resolved that there should be a neighborhood security watch to help both the company and the community Okomu oil company Communications Officer Mr Fidelis Olise told NAN in Benin on Thursday that the community s attack on its facility was without provocation According to him the damaged excavator was mobilized to create access road to the community being an aspect of the resolution it reached with the people of the community at the peace meeting The Iyase who confirmed the attack to NAN said I have spoken to the acting Odionwere of Imaroghioba community Chief Gabriel Ikhuolegbe to find out what happened Although the acting Odionwere confirmed the incident he however denied that any of the community members was responsible for the damage I have advised him to call his people to order while I am also in liaison with the Iguobazuwa Divisional Police Officer DPO to see that incident does not escalate he said Contacted the acting Odionwere who also confirmed the incident to NAN however attributed the new disagreement to the manner the constitution of the vigilance group was handled by the company He said the vigilance group was dominated by members of a particular tribe whom he alleged had issues to grind with the youth of the community Most of these people do not have good records in the community and now they have been recruited as members of the vigilance group They want to use them to oppress our people while they are guarding Okomu oil company personnel This action is not acceptable to our people hence the resistance he said Also contacted DPO Ade in a telephone conversation confirmed to NAN that he was briefed on the incident but said I am right now in a meeting trying to resolve another matter NAN reports that Okomu oil company with headquarter in Okomu Ovia South West Local Government Area is bound by 29 host communities across three local government areas of Edo Ovia North East Uhunmwonde and Ovia South West NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Traditional ruler raps community, Okomu oil on peace agreement
     The Iyase Tradional ruler of Udo Chief Patrick Igbinidu has urged the people of Imaroghioba Ovia South West local government area of Edo to always honour its agreement with Okomu Oil Palm Company Ltd The traditional ruler also urged the community to avoid unnecessary aggression against the company which could be construed as breach of their peace agreement He said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin while reaction to Wednesday s attack on the company by the community In the incident where the community was protesting the constitution of a vigilance group by the company it allegedly damaged the company s excavator Igbinidu said that such skirmish was avoidable through further dialogue between the parties NAN recalls that the Iyase had in May convened a peace meeting between Imaroghioba community and Okomu oil palm company when crisis erupted between the parties Members of the community had then demonstrated to protest the trenches dug by the oil company around its plantation The company had claimed that it dug the trenches in a portion of land belonging to it to stop the incessant thefts of its oil palm fruits However members of the community said the action was an infringement on their rights of passage and an oppressive tendency by the company The misunderstanding was however resolved through a peace meeting convened by the Iyase of Udo who oversees communities within the locality including Okomu and Imaroghioba The meeting had representatives of the security agencies and other stakeholders in attendance Part of the resolutions of the peace agreement was that the digging of the trenches should continue Another was that the company should assist the community to create alternative road in areas where the trenches were seen as obstruction of the road as claimed by the community It was also resolved that there should be a neighborhood security watch to help both the company and the community Okomu oil company Communications Officer Mr Fidelis Olise told NAN in Benin on Thursday that the community s attack on its facility was without provocation According to him the damaged excavator was mobilized to create access road to the community being an aspect of the resolution it reached with the people of the community at the peace meeting The Iyase who confirmed the attack to NAN said I have spoken to the acting Odionwere of Imaroghioba community Chief Gabriel Ikhuolegbe to find out what happened Although the acting Odionwere confirmed the incident he however denied that any of the community members was responsible for the damage I have advised him to call his people to order while I am also in liaison with the Iguobazuwa Divisional Police Officer DPO to see that incident does not escalate he said Contacted the acting Odionwere who also confirmed the incident to NAN however attributed the new disagreement to the manner the constitution of the vigilance group was handled by the company He said the vigilance group was dominated by members of a particular tribe whom he alleged had issues to grind with the youth of the community Most of these people do not have good records in the community and now they have been recruited as members of the vigilance group They want to use them to oppress our people while they are guarding Okomu oil company personnel This action is not acceptable to our people hence the resistance he said Also contacted DPO Ade in a telephone conversation confirmed to NAN that he was briefed on the incident but said I am right now in a meeting trying to resolve another matter NAN reports that Okomu oil company with headquarter in Okomu Ovia South West Local Government Area is bound by 29 host communities across three local government areas of Edo Ovia North East Uhunmwonde and Ovia South West NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Traditional ruler raps community, Okomu oil on peace agreement
    General news3 months ago

    Traditional ruler raps community, Okomu oil on peace agreement

    The Iyase (Tradional ruler) of Udo, Chief Patrick Igbinidu, has urged the people of Imaroghioba, Ovia South West local government area of Edo, to always honour its agreement with Okomu Oil Palm Company Ltd.

     

    The traditional ruler also urged the community to avoid unnecessary aggression against the company which could be construed as breach of their peace agreement.

     

    He said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin while reaction to Wednesday’s attack on the company by the community.

     

    In the incident where the community was protesting the constitution of a vigilance group by the company it allegedly damaged the company’s excavator.

     

    Igbinidu said that such skirmish was avoidable through further dialogue between the parties.

     

    NAN recalls that the Iyase had in May convened a peace meeting between Imaroghioba community and Okomu oil palm company when crisis erupted between the parties.

     

    Members of the community had then demonstrated to protest the trenches dug by the oil company around its plantation.

     

    The company had claimed that it dug the trenches in a portion of land belonging to it to stop the incessant thefts of its oil palm fruits.

    However, members of the community said the action was an infringement on their rights of passage and an oppressive tendency by the company.

    The misunderstanding was however, resolved through a peace meeting convened by the Iyase of Udo, who oversees communities within the locality, including Okomu and Imaroghioba.

     

    The meeting had representatives of the security agencies and other stakeholders in  attendance.

     

    Part of the resolutions of the peace agreement was that the digging of the trenches should continue.

     

    Another was that the company should assist the community to create alternative road in areas where the trenches were seen as obstruction of the road as claimed by the community.

     

    It was also resolved that there should be a neighborhood security watch to help both the company and the community.

     

    Okomu oil company Communications Officer, Mr Fidelis Olise, told NAN in Benin on Thursday that the community’s attack on its facility was without provocation.

     

    According to him, the damaged excavator was mobilized to create access road to the community being an aspect of the resolution it reached with the people of the community at the peace meeting.

     

    The Iyase, who confirmed the attack to NAN, said, “I have spoken to the acting Odionwere of Imaroghioba community, Chief Gabriel Ikhuolegbe, to find out what happened.

     

    “Although the acting Odionwere confirmed the incident he, however, denied that any of the community members was responsible for the damage.

     

    “I have advised him to call his people to order while I am also in liaison with the Iguobazuwa Divisional Police Officer (DPO) to see that incident does not escalate,” he said.

     

    Contacted, the acting Odionwere, who also confirmed the incident to NAN, however, attributed the new disagreement to the manner the constitution of the vigilance group was handled by the company.

     

    He said the vigilance group was dominated by members of a particular tribe, whom he alleged had issues to grind with the youth of the community.

     

    “Most of these people do not have good records in the community; and now they have been recruited as members of the vigilance group.

     

    “They want to use them to oppress our people while they are guarding Okomu oil company personnel.

     

    “This action is not acceptable to our people, hence, the resistance,” he said.

     

    Also contacted, DPO Ade, in a telephone conversation confirmed to NAN that he was briefed on the incident but said, “I am right now in a meeting trying to resolve another matter.”

     

    NAN reports that Okomu oil company, with headquarter in  Okomu, Ovia South West Local Government Area, is bound by 29 host communities across three local government areas of Edo: Ovia North East, Uhunmwonde and Ovia South West.( NAN)(


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  •  The Okomu Oil Palm Company says it has resolved its misunderstanding with one of host communities Imaroghioba promising to sustain its corporate social responsibilities and obligations to its 29 hosts The Company s Communications Officer Mr Fidelis Olise confirmed the resolution of the feud to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview on Saturday in Benin He said both parties had agreed to maintain existing cordial relationships Olise said representatives of the Iyase Traditional ruler of Udo Chief Patrick Igbinidun the police and Army witnessed the peace meeting at the company s headquarters Okomu in Ovia South West Local Government Area LGA of Edo He said adopted resolutions by the parties included that the Imaroghioba popularly known as AT amp P acknowledged the trenches being dug at the Okomu oil company were situated within its company property The other resolutions were that AT amp P community confirmed that it had time past assisted the company in the arrest of those engaged in the theft of its oil palm fruits Accordingto Olise They also acknowledged that the company has assisted them with several projects under the company s corporate social responsibility scheme And that the digging of the trenches should continue while the company should assist the community to create alternative road in areas where the trenches are seen as blockage of the road as claimed by the community It was resolved that there should be a Neighborhood security watch to help both the company and the community That disengaged workers from the company still resident in the community should be asked to leave because they now posed a threat to both the company and the community he said Olise added that the Iyase of Udo being the traditional head who supervises the affairs of AT amp P and surrounding communities should increase his interaction and intervention mechanism on issues likely to snowball into crisis NAN reports that the company s headquarters in Okomu is bounded by 29 host communities which plantation spread across three LGAs The LGAs are Ovia South West Uhunmwode and Ovia North East Members of AT amp P had on May 5 protested against the company for digging trenches on its property which they claimed blocked part of the community NAN
    Oil company, community resolve dispute in Edo
     The Okomu Oil Palm Company says it has resolved its misunderstanding with one of host communities Imaroghioba promising to sustain its corporate social responsibilities and obligations to its 29 hosts The Company s Communications Officer Mr Fidelis Olise confirmed the resolution of the feud to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview on Saturday in Benin He said both parties had agreed to maintain existing cordial relationships Olise said representatives of the Iyase Traditional ruler of Udo Chief Patrick Igbinidun the police and Army witnessed the peace meeting at the company s headquarters Okomu in Ovia South West Local Government Area LGA of Edo He said adopted resolutions by the parties included that the Imaroghioba popularly known as AT amp P acknowledged the trenches being dug at the Okomu oil company were situated within its company property The other resolutions were that AT amp P community confirmed that it had time past assisted the company in the arrest of those engaged in the theft of its oil palm fruits Accordingto Olise They also acknowledged that the company has assisted them with several projects under the company s corporate social responsibility scheme And that the digging of the trenches should continue while the company should assist the community to create alternative road in areas where the trenches are seen as blockage of the road as claimed by the community It was resolved that there should be a Neighborhood security watch to help both the company and the community That disengaged workers from the company still resident in the community should be asked to leave because they now posed a threat to both the company and the community he said Olise added that the Iyase of Udo being the traditional head who supervises the affairs of AT amp P and surrounding communities should increase his interaction and intervention mechanism on issues likely to snowball into crisis NAN reports that the company s headquarters in Okomu is bounded by 29 host communities which plantation spread across three LGAs The LGAs are Ovia South West Uhunmwode and Ovia North East Members of AT amp P had on May 5 protested against the company for digging trenches on its property which they claimed blocked part of the community NAN
    Oil company, community resolve dispute in Edo
    General news5 months ago

    Oil company, community resolve dispute in Edo

    The Okomu Oil Palm Company says it has resolved its misunderstanding with one of host communities, Imaroghioba, promising to sustain its corporate social responsibilities and obligations to its 29 hosts.

    The Company’s Communications Officer, Mr Fidelis Olise, confirmed the resolution of the feud to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview on Saturday in Benin,

    He said both parties had agreed to maintain existing cordial relationships.

    Olise said representatives of the Iyase (Traditional  ruler)of Udo, Chief Patrick Igbinidun, the police and Army, witnessed the peace meeting at the company’s headquarters, Okomu in Ovia South West Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo.

    He said adopted resolutions by the parties included that the Imaroghioba, popularly known as AT&P acknowledged the trenches being dug at the Okomu oil company, were situated within its (company) property.

    The other resolutions were that AT&P community confirmed that it had time past, assisted the company in the arrest of those engaged in the theft of its oil palm fruits.

    Accordingto Olise, “They also acknowledged that the company has assisted them with several projects under the company’s corporate social responsibility scheme.

    ” And that the digging of the trenches should continue while the company should assist the community to create alternative road in areas where the trenches are seen as blockage of the road as claimed by the community.

    “It was resolved that there should be a Neighborhood security watch, to help both the company and the community.

    “That disengaged workers from the company,  still resident in the community, should be asked to leave because they now posed a  threat to both the company and the community,” he said.

    Olise added that the Iyase of Udo, being the traditional head, “who supervises the affairs of AT&P and surrounding communities, should increase his interaction and intervention mechanism on issues likely to snowball into crisis”.

    NAN reports that the company’s headquarters in  Okomu, is bounded by 29 host communities, which plantation spread across three LGAs.

    The LGAs are Ovia South West, Uhunmwode and Ovia North-East.Members of AT&P had on May 5, protested against the company for digging trenches on its property, which they claimed blocked part of the community. (

    (NAN)

  •  The dispute between the management of Okomu Oil Palm Company Ltd and one of its host communities Maroghioba will not escalate into a full blown crisis Security was provided on Friday by the Iyase of Udo near Benin chief Patrick Igbinidu The Nigerian News Agency reports that the digging of a trench by the oil company in the community of Maroghioba also known as AT amp P led to the protest The protest was spurred by the alleged shooting in the leg of an elderly woman Ms Iyabor Butu by oil company security personnel The company stated that it dug the trench on a piece of land that belongs to it to stop the relentless theft of its oil fruits Community members however said the action was a violation of their right of way and an oppressive bias on the part of the company A Nigerian News Agency correspondent who visited the community on Thursday reported that the Divisional Police Officer in Iguobazuwa CSP Bamidele Ade held a peace meeting with members of the community and the company The interim Odionwere village chief of the community Chief Gabriel Ikhuolegbe told NAN that people in his community and the company had enjoyed cordial relations before Tuesday s altercation I worked and retired as a senior security officer for the company Most of our people are Okomu Oil workers In fact we have been working together peacefully It is true that the company has provided many facilities such as wells school buildings classroom chairs perimeter fencing and a town hall for the community but our immediate needs now are roads and electricity That is why we are angry with the company because its CEO ordered the workers to dig a deep hole that has blocked the only access to our houses The management of the company has refused to listen to our cries hence our protest so that the government and the public realize the injustice that the company has done to our community he said He added that although the community was still aggrieved we are ready for dialogue to resolve this disagreement Speaking along the same lines community member Mr Rex Akpokiniobo said We ve been putting up with company CEO arm torsion devices for too long but this one is too much How can you dig your trenches to block our way How do we get to our houses or leave our houses she asked her In response Mr Fidelis Olise communications officer for Okomu Oil told NAN that the community s protest was not necessary as the land in question belongs to the company The fact that the company has allowed them access in recent years does not mean that they should tell us how to take care of our property The company s volume of oleaginous fruit theft amounts to 50 tons per month That is massive and since we can no longer tolerate theft we decided to dig the trenches to create an obstacle against easy movement That is all we did and nothing more and that is why I have said that your protests are unjustified he said CSP Ade who was accompanied to Thursday s meeting by the Iyase Palace Community Relations Committee called for calm insisting that the best way to resolve the misunderstanding is through dialogue Ade assured the community leaders that after assessing the situation and seeing the extent of the roadblock he would meet with the company and the Iyase the traditional ruler for an amicable solution Iyase who expressed his discontent over the crisis told NAN that the unpleasant situation could have been avoided if both sides had listened to the voice of reason NAN
    Palm Oil Company, host community tango over digging of trench to stop fruit theft
     The dispute between the management of Okomu Oil Palm Company Ltd and one of its host communities Maroghioba will not escalate into a full blown crisis Security was provided on Friday by the Iyase of Udo near Benin chief Patrick Igbinidu The Nigerian News Agency reports that the digging of a trench by the oil company in the community of Maroghioba also known as AT amp P led to the protest The protest was spurred by the alleged shooting in the leg of an elderly woman Ms Iyabor Butu by oil company security personnel The company stated that it dug the trench on a piece of land that belongs to it to stop the relentless theft of its oil fruits Community members however said the action was a violation of their right of way and an oppressive bias on the part of the company A Nigerian News Agency correspondent who visited the community on Thursday reported that the Divisional Police Officer in Iguobazuwa CSP Bamidele Ade held a peace meeting with members of the community and the company The interim Odionwere village chief of the community Chief Gabriel Ikhuolegbe told NAN that people in his community and the company had enjoyed cordial relations before Tuesday s altercation I worked and retired as a senior security officer for the company Most of our people are Okomu Oil workers In fact we have been working together peacefully It is true that the company has provided many facilities such as wells school buildings classroom chairs perimeter fencing and a town hall for the community but our immediate needs now are roads and electricity That is why we are angry with the company because its CEO ordered the workers to dig a deep hole that has blocked the only access to our houses The management of the company has refused to listen to our cries hence our protest so that the government and the public realize the injustice that the company has done to our community he said He added that although the community was still aggrieved we are ready for dialogue to resolve this disagreement Speaking along the same lines community member Mr Rex Akpokiniobo said We ve been putting up with company CEO arm torsion devices for too long but this one is too much How can you dig your trenches to block our way How do we get to our houses or leave our houses she asked her In response Mr Fidelis Olise communications officer for Okomu Oil told NAN that the community s protest was not necessary as the land in question belongs to the company The fact that the company has allowed them access in recent years does not mean that they should tell us how to take care of our property The company s volume of oleaginous fruit theft amounts to 50 tons per month That is massive and since we can no longer tolerate theft we decided to dig the trenches to create an obstacle against easy movement That is all we did and nothing more and that is why I have said that your protests are unjustified he said CSP Ade who was accompanied to Thursday s meeting by the Iyase Palace Community Relations Committee called for calm insisting that the best way to resolve the misunderstanding is through dialogue Ade assured the community leaders that after assessing the situation and seeing the extent of the roadblock he would meet with the company and the Iyase the traditional ruler for an amicable solution Iyase who expressed his discontent over the crisis told NAN that the unpleasant situation could have been avoided if both sides had listened to the voice of reason NAN
    Palm Oil Company, host community tango over digging of trench to stop fruit theft
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    Palm Oil Company, host community tango over digging of trench to stop fruit theft

    The dispute between the management of Okomu Oil Palm Company Ltd. and one of its host communities, Maroghioba, will not escalate into a full blown crisis.

    Security was provided on Friday by the Iyase of Udo, near Benin, chief Patrick Igbinidu.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the digging of a trench by the oil company in the community of Maroghioba (also known as AT&P) led to the protest.

    The protest was spurred by the alleged shooting in the leg of an elderly woman, Ms. Iyabor Butu, by oil company security personnel.

    The company stated that it dug the trench on a piece of land that belongs to it to stop the relentless theft of its oil fruits.

    Community members, however, said the action was a violation of their right of way and an oppressive bias on the part of the company.

    A Nigerian News Agency correspondent, who visited the community on Thursday, reported that the Divisional Police Officer in Iguobazuwa, CSP Bamidele Ade, held a peace meeting with members of the community and the company.

    The interim Odionwere (village chief) of the community, Chief Gabriel Ikhuolegbe, told NAN that people in his community and the company had enjoyed cordial relations before Tuesday's altercation.

    “I worked and retired as a senior security officer for the company. Most of our people are Okomu Oil workers. In fact, we have been working together peacefully.

    “It is true that the company has provided many facilities such as wells, school buildings, classroom chairs, perimeter fencing and a town hall for the community, but our immediate needs now are roads and electricity.

    “That is why we are angry with the company because its CEO ordered the workers to dig a deep hole that has blocked the only access to our houses.

    "The management of the company has refused to listen to our cries, hence our protest so that the government and the public realize the injustice that the company has done to our community," he said.

    He added that although the community was still aggrieved, "we are ready for dialogue to resolve this disagreement."

    Speaking along the same lines, community member Mr. Rex Akpokiniobo said: “We've been putting up with company CEO arm torsion devices for too long, but this one is too much.

    “How can you dig your trenches to block our way? How do we get to our houses or leave our houses? she asked her.

    In response, Mr. Fidelis Olise, communications officer for Okomu Oil, told NAN that the community's protest was not necessary as “the land in question belongs to the company.

    “The fact that the company has allowed them access in recent years does not mean that they should tell us how to take care of our property.

    “The company's volume of oleaginous fruit theft amounts to 50 tons per month.

    “That is massive and since we can no longer tolerate theft, we decided to dig the trenches to create an obstacle against easy movement.

    “That is all we did and nothing more and that is why I have said that your protests are unjustified,” he said.

    CSP Ade, who was accompanied to Thursday's meeting by the Iyase Palace Community Relations Committee, called for calm, insisting that the best way to resolve the misunderstanding is through dialogue.

    Ade assured the community leaders that after assessing the situation and seeing the extent of the roadblock, he would meet with the company and the Iyase (the traditional ruler) for an amicable solution.

    Iyase, who expressed his discontent over the crisis, told NAN that the unpleasant situation could have been avoided if both sides had listened to the voice of reason.

    (NAN)

  •  The Management of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc has denied reports that there was a kidnap attempt on its expatriate workers The company s Communications Officer Mr Fidelis Olise made the denial in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria NAN on Monday in Benin Olise decried the reports published in some online medium quoting Edo police command as foiling an attempted kidnap of an expatriate worker in its employment Olise urged journalists to ensure they crosscheck their facts before going to the press He said While we do not doubt the courageous actions of the Nigeria Police to combat crime in Edo in particular and Nigeria in general we wish to state that there was no kidnap attempt on any of the expatriates We believe that the reference to Okomu Oil must have been a mistaken identity This is why we urge journalists to clarify and confirm information before publication so as not to mislead the public he said NAN
    No attempt to kidnap our expatriate workers — Okomu Oil
     The Management of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc has denied reports that there was a kidnap attempt on its expatriate workers The company s Communications Officer Mr Fidelis Olise made the denial in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria NAN on Monday in Benin Olise decried the reports published in some online medium quoting Edo police command as foiling an attempted kidnap of an expatriate worker in its employment Olise urged journalists to ensure they crosscheck their facts before going to the press He said While we do not doubt the courageous actions of the Nigeria Police to combat crime in Edo in particular and Nigeria in general we wish to state that there was no kidnap attempt on any of the expatriates We believe that the reference to Okomu Oil must have been a mistaken identity This is why we urge journalists to clarify and confirm information before publication so as not to mislead the public he said NAN
    No attempt to kidnap our expatriate workers — Okomu Oil
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    No attempt to kidnap our expatriate workers — Okomu Oil

    The Management of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, has denied reports that there was a kidnap attempt on its expatriate workers

    The company’s Communications Officer,  Mr Fidelis Olise, made the denial in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) on Monday in Benin.

    Olise decried the reports published in some online medium quoting Edo police command as foiling an attempted kidnap of an expatriate worker in its employment.

    Olise urged journalists to ensure they crosscheck their facts before going to the press.

    He said, “While we do not doubt the courageous actions of the Nigeria Police to combat crime in Edo in particular and Nigeria in general, we wish to state that  there was no kidnap attempt on any of the expatriates.

    “We believe that the reference to Okomu Oil must have been a mistaken identity. This is why we urge journalists to clarify and confirm information before publication so as not to mislead the public,” he said. (

    (NAN)

  •  The management of Okomu Oil Palm Plc says it constructed seven different projects within its areas of operations in Edo to speed up development in the benefitting communities The Managing Director of the company Dr Graham Hefer said this at the inauguration of the projects in five different communities spread across three local government areas of the state on Friday Header represented by the company s Communication Officer Mr Fidelis Olise said that the projects include a semi Industrial Borehole at Irhue Community and an ultra modern town hall at Umokpe Community in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area Others are a Semi Industrial Borehole and a block of Market Stalls at Agbanikaka Community in Ovia North East Local Government Area an ultra modern town hall and an domestic borehole at Marioghioba AT P community as well as a modern community town hall at Udo community Ovia South West Local Government Area Hefer said the projects were part of the company s annual social corporate responsibility to its host communities He said that the five benefitting communities were among the over 20 neigbouring ones in its areas of operations The managing director said he was optimistic that the projects would drive the communities quest for speedy development Hefer said that Okomu Oil kept its promise to the communities in spite of the current economic challenges that had affected the revenue of most businesses across the world Okomu did not take that as an excuse but rather kept to its promise of providing social amenities for its neighbouring communities he said The managing director appealed to the benefitting communities to take good care of the projects to encourage the company to do more He encouraged leaders and people of its host communities to continue to create an enabling environment for the company s operations to thrive In his response the Iyase of Udo His Royal Highness Patrick Igbinidu appreciated the board management and staff of the company for the gesture He said it would greatly improve the relationship between the communities and the company On his part the acting Odionwere of Irhue community Pa Ogiemwonyi Aiwekhoe who spoke through his son Lucky Ogiemwonyi appreciated the company for its contribution in attracting development to the community He said that the presence of Okomu Oil in their communities had uplifted the standard of living of residents in the area The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the company had in December 2019 also inaugurated nine projects in different neighboring communities Edited By Oluwole Sogunle NAN
    Okomu Oil  inaugurates 7 projects in Edo communities
     The management of Okomu Oil Palm Plc says it constructed seven different projects within its areas of operations in Edo to speed up development in the benefitting communities The Managing Director of the company Dr Graham Hefer said this at the inauguration of the projects in five different communities spread across three local government areas of the state on Friday Header represented by the company s Communication Officer Mr Fidelis Olise said that the projects include a semi Industrial Borehole at Irhue Community and an ultra modern town hall at Umokpe Community in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area Others are a Semi Industrial Borehole and a block of Market Stalls at Agbanikaka Community in Ovia North East Local Government Area an ultra modern town hall and an domestic borehole at Marioghioba AT P community as well as a modern community town hall at Udo community Ovia South West Local Government Area Hefer said the projects were part of the company s annual social corporate responsibility to its host communities He said that the five benefitting communities were among the over 20 neigbouring ones in its areas of operations The managing director said he was optimistic that the projects would drive the communities quest for speedy development Hefer said that Okomu Oil kept its promise to the communities in spite of the current economic challenges that had affected the revenue of most businesses across the world Okomu did not take that as an excuse but rather kept to its promise of providing social amenities for its neighbouring communities he said The managing director appealed to the benefitting communities to take good care of the projects to encourage the company to do more He encouraged leaders and people of its host communities to continue to create an enabling environment for the company s operations to thrive In his response the Iyase of Udo His Royal Highness Patrick Igbinidu appreciated the board management and staff of the company for the gesture He said it would greatly improve the relationship between the communities and the company On his part the acting Odionwere of Irhue community Pa Ogiemwonyi Aiwekhoe who spoke through his son Lucky Ogiemwonyi appreciated the company for its contribution in attracting development to the community He said that the presence of Okomu Oil in their communities had uplifted the standard of living of residents in the area The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the company had in December 2019 also inaugurated nine projects in different neighboring communities Edited By Oluwole Sogunle NAN
    Okomu Oil  inaugurates 7 projects in Edo communities
    General news2 years ago

    Okomu Oil  inaugurates 7 projects in Edo communities

    The management of Okomu Oil Palm Plc. says it constructed seven different projects within its areas of operations in Edo, to speed up development in the benefitting communities.

    The Managing Director of the company, Dr Graham Hefer, said this at the inauguration of the projects in five different communities spread across three local government areas of the state on Friday.

    Header, represented by the company’s Communication Officer, Mr Fidelis Olise, said that the projects include a semi-Industrial Borehole at Irhue Community and an ultra modern town hall at Umokpe Community in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area.

    Others are, a Semi-Industrial Borehole and a block of Market Stalls at Agbanikaka Community, in Ovia North-East Local Government Area; an ultra modern town hall and an domestic borehole at Marioghioba (AT&P) community; as well as a modern community town hall at Udo community, Ovia South-West Local Government Area.

    Hefer said the projects were part of the company’s annual social corporate responsibility to its host communities.

    He said that the five benefitting communities were among the over 20 neigbouring ones in its areas of operations.

    The managing director said he was optimistic that the projects would drive the communities’ quest for speedy development.

    Hefer said that Okomu Oil kept its promise to the communities  in spite of the current economic challenges that had affected the revenue of most businesses across the world.

    “Okomu did not take that as an excuse but rather kept to its promise of providing social amenities for its neighbouring communities,” he said.

    The managing director appealed to the benefitting communities to take good care of the projects, to encourage the company to do more.

    He encouraged leaders and people of its host communities to continue to create an enabling environment for the company’s  operations to thrive.

    In his response, the Iyase of Udo, His Royal Highness Patrick Igbinidu, appreciated the board, management and staff of the company for the gesture.

    He said it would greatly improve the relationship between the communities and the company.

    On his part, the acting Odionwere of Irhue community, Pa Ogiemwonyi Aiwekhoe, who spoke through his son, Lucky Ogiemwonyi, appreciated the company for its contribution in attracting development to the community.

    He said that the presence of Okomu Oil in their communities had uplifted the standard of living of residents in the area.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the company had, in December 2019, also inaugurated nine projects in different neighboring communities.


    Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

  •  The management of Okomu Oil Palm Plc has called on the Edo Government to quickly intervene in the disruption of its operations by alleged aggrieved members of some of its host communities The company made the call in a statement issued by its Communications Officer Mr Fidelis Olise and made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Benin Olise alleged that some aggrieved persons from Inikorogha Asamara Udo and Hassan Camp in Ovia South Local Government Area of the state had violently disrupted the operations of the company He however noted that the company and the state government had an understanding on the desire to improve the economic fortunes of the state But this lofty goal of Godwin Obaseki led government appears to be under threat as a result of some illegal acts by some local communities They recently took the law into their hands and prevented staff of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc from undertaking planned clearing of the company s Extension 1 boundaries he said Olise explained that the planned clearing was in anticipation of the arrival of Edo State Geographic Information EDOGIS officials who were to confirm the company s boundaries as part of its re certification process Okomu workers who were about to commence work were attacked by a large group of people who had apparently assembled from different neighbouring communities Not only were the workers assaulted on Okomu s property but members of these communities also damaged vehicles belonging to the company he stated Edited By Ejike Obeta NAN
    Palm oil company appeals to Edo Govt. to call hosts communities to order. 
     The management of Okomu Oil Palm Plc has called on the Edo Government to quickly intervene in the disruption of its operations by alleged aggrieved members of some of its host communities The company made the call in a statement issued by its Communications Officer Mr Fidelis Olise and made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Benin Olise alleged that some aggrieved persons from Inikorogha Asamara Udo and Hassan Camp in Ovia South Local Government Area of the state had violently disrupted the operations of the company He however noted that the company and the state government had an understanding on the desire to improve the economic fortunes of the state But this lofty goal of Godwin Obaseki led government appears to be under threat as a result of some illegal acts by some local communities They recently took the law into their hands and prevented staff of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc from undertaking planned clearing of the company s Extension 1 boundaries he said Olise explained that the planned clearing was in anticipation of the arrival of Edo State Geographic Information EDOGIS officials who were to confirm the company s boundaries as part of its re certification process Okomu workers who were about to commence work were attacked by a large group of people who had apparently assembled from different neighbouring communities Not only were the workers assaulted on Okomu s property but members of these communities also damaged vehicles belonging to the company he stated Edited By Ejike Obeta NAN
    Palm oil company appeals to Edo Govt. to call hosts communities to order. 
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    Palm oil company appeals to Edo Govt. to call hosts communities to order. 

    The management of Okomu Oil Palm Plc, has called on the Edo Government to quickly intervene in the disruption of its operations by alleged aggrieved members of some of its host communities.

    The  company made the call in a statement issued by its Communications Officer, Mr Fidelis Olise and made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Benin.

    Olise alleged that some aggrieved persons from Inikorogha, Asamara, Udo and  Hassan Camp in Ovia South Local Government Area of the state, had violently disrupted the operations of the company.

    He, however, noted that the company and the state government had an understanding on the desire to improve the economic fortunes of the state.

    “But this lofty goal of Godwin Obaseki-led government appears to be under threat as a result of some illegal acts by some local communities.

    “They recently took the law into their hands and prevented staff of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc from undertaking planned clearing of the company’s Extension 1 boundaries,” he said.

    Olise explained that the planned clearing was in anticipation of the arrival of Edo State Geographic Information (EDOGIS) officials, who were to confirm the company’s boundaries as part of its re-certification process.

    “Okomu workers who were about to commence work were attacked by a large group of people who had apparently assembled from different neighbouring communities.

    “Not only were the workers assaulted on Okomu’s property, but members of these communities also damaged vehicles belonging to the company.,” he stated.


    Edited By: Ejike Obeta
    (NAN)

  •  The Managing Director of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc Dr Graham Hefer has thanked stakeholders for the concern shown to the company following the loss of six members of staff in a road accident A statement by the company s Media officer Mr Fidelis Olise in Benin on Thursday quoted Hefer as thanking the stakeholders as the list of sympathisers visiting the company continued to grow According to the statement the Chairman of Ovia South West LGC Mr Destiny Enabulele and the management team of National Park were among those that joined the list of visitors to the company Olise quoted Hefer as saying that the support and encouragement shown had gone a long way to strengthen the management and staff of the company during the very sad time in its history The managing director said that numerous stakeholders had either called or visited to commiserate with him on the untimely death of his workers These include the Esogban of Benin Kingdom Chief Edebiri the Iyase of Udo and many other Nigerian stakeholders and foreign investors from Brussels and Switzerland According to the statement the Conservator of the National Park and his team have also visited the company to commiserate Hefer The managing director said that the tragic event and the solidarity shown by everyone had once again shown that the world is a global village where what touches one touches all Speaking during his visit Enabulele said he was deeply touched by the tragic event He said that Okomu oil company had been a good partner and some of those who died were from his LGA The Nigeria News Agency reports that the deceased were among the nine staff involved in the accident that occurred along Iguobazuwa Road in the state on Feb 14 The company had in an earlier statement announced the incident It said that on Feb 14 on the Siluko public road a minibus carrying nine Okomu PLC employees was involved in a head on collision with a tipper lorry The company said that six employees lost their lives in the tragic accident According to the statement three other workers were seriously injured when the minibus in which they were travelling collided with the tipper lorry carrying sand and subsequently burst into flames Edited By Oluwole Sogunle
    Accident: Stakeholders commiserate with Okomu Oil Palm Company
     The Managing Director of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc Dr Graham Hefer has thanked stakeholders for the concern shown to the company following the loss of six members of staff in a road accident A statement by the company s Media officer Mr Fidelis Olise in Benin on Thursday quoted Hefer as thanking the stakeholders as the list of sympathisers visiting the company continued to grow According to the statement the Chairman of Ovia South West LGC Mr Destiny Enabulele and the management team of National Park were among those that joined the list of visitors to the company Olise quoted Hefer as saying that the support and encouragement shown had gone a long way to strengthen the management and staff of the company during the very sad time in its history The managing director said that numerous stakeholders had either called or visited to commiserate with him on the untimely death of his workers These include the Esogban of Benin Kingdom Chief Edebiri the Iyase of Udo and many other Nigerian stakeholders and foreign investors from Brussels and Switzerland According to the statement the Conservator of the National Park and his team have also visited the company to commiserate Hefer The managing director said that the tragic event and the solidarity shown by everyone had once again shown that the world is a global village where what touches one touches all Speaking during his visit Enabulele said he was deeply touched by the tragic event He said that Okomu oil company had been a good partner and some of those who died were from his LGA The Nigeria News Agency reports that the deceased were among the nine staff involved in the accident that occurred along Iguobazuwa Road in the state on Feb 14 The company had in an earlier statement announced the incident It said that on Feb 14 on the Siluko public road a minibus carrying nine Okomu PLC employees was involved in a head on collision with a tipper lorry The company said that six employees lost their lives in the tragic accident According to the statement three other workers were seriously injured when the minibus in which they were travelling collided with the tipper lorry carrying sand and subsequently burst into flames Edited By Oluwole Sogunle
    Accident: Stakeholders commiserate with Okomu Oil Palm Company
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    Accident: Stakeholders commiserate with Okomu Oil Palm Company

    The Managing Director of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc., Dr Graham Hefer, has thanked stakeholders for the concern shown to the company, following the loss of six members of staff in a road accident.

    A statement by the company’s Media officer, Mr Fidelis Olise, in Benin on Thursday, quoted Hefer as thanking the stakeholders as the list of sympathisers visiting the company continued to grow.

    According to the statement, the Chairman of Ovia South West LGC, Mr Destiny Enabulele and the management team of National Park were among those that joined the list of visitors to the company.

    Olise quoted Hefer as saying that the support and encouragement shown had gone a long way to strengthen the management and staff of the company during the very sad time in its history.

    The managing director said that numerous stakeholders had either called or visited to commiserate with him on the untimely death of his workers.

    These include the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief Edebiri; the Iyase of Udo, and many other Nigerian stakeholders and foreign investors from Brussels and Switzerland.

    According to the statement, the Conservator of the National Park and his team have also visited the company to commiserate Hefer.

    The managing director said that the tragic event and the solidarity shown by everyone had once again shown that the world is a global village where what touches one, touches all.

    Speaking during his visit, Enabulele said he was deeply touched by the tragic event.

    He said that Okomu oil company had been a good partner and some of those who died were from his LGA.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the deceased were among the nine staff involved in the accident that occurred along Iguobazuwa Road in the state on Feb. 14.

    The company had in an earlier statement announced the incident.

    It said that on Feb. 14, on the Siluko public road, a minibus carrying nine Okomu PLC employees was involved in a head on collision with a tipper lorry.

    The company said that six employees lost their lives in the tragic accident.

    According to the statement, three other workers were seriously injured when the minibus in which they were travelling collided with the tipper lorry carrying sand and subsequently burst into flames.

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    Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle

  •  The Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc in Benin Edo has expressed shock over the death of its six staff in a road accident on Friday in Ovia South West Local Government Area The Nigeria News Agency reports that the deceased were among the nine staff involved in the accident that occurred along Iguobazuwa Road of the local government in the state Managing Director of the company Dr Graham Hefer in a statement signed by its Media officer Mr Fidelis Olise in Benin on Monday commiserated with families of the deceased staff Hefer also wished the other three who sustained injuries speedy recovery The statement said On the 14th of February on the Siluko public road a minibus carrying nine Okomu PLC employees had been involved in a head on collision with a tipper lorry It added that six employees not five as earlier reported in the media lost their lives in the tragic accident A further three workers were seriously injured when the minibus in which they were travelling collided with a tipper lorry carrying sand and subsequently burst into flames Apparently one person also died in the lorry it said The statement said the company doctor and his team would continue to provide medical support to the injured employees until their recovery It also said the Board management workers and all fellow stakeholders of the company sent their heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the families for the loss of their beloved Edited By Maureen Atuonwu
    Oil Palm company mourns 6 deceased staff in road accident in Edo
     The Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc in Benin Edo has expressed shock over the death of its six staff in a road accident on Friday in Ovia South West Local Government Area The Nigeria News Agency reports that the deceased were among the nine staff involved in the accident that occurred along Iguobazuwa Road of the local government in the state Managing Director of the company Dr Graham Hefer in a statement signed by its Media officer Mr Fidelis Olise in Benin on Monday commiserated with families of the deceased staff Hefer also wished the other three who sustained injuries speedy recovery The statement said On the 14th of February on the Siluko public road a minibus carrying nine Okomu PLC employees had been involved in a head on collision with a tipper lorry It added that six employees not five as earlier reported in the media lost their lives in the tragic accident A further three workers were seriously injured when the minibus in which they were travelling collided with a tipper lorry carrying sand and subsequently burst into flames Apparently one person also died in the lorry it said The statement said the company doctor and his team would continue to provide medical support to the injured employees until their recovery It also said the Board management workers and all fellow stakeholders of the company sent their heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the families for the loss of their beloved Edited By Maureen Atuonwu
    Oil Palm company mourns 6 deceased staff in road accident in Edo
    General news3 years ago

    Oil Palm company mourns 6 deceased staff in road accident in Edo

    The Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, in Benin, Edo has expressed shock over the death of its six staff in a road accident on Friday in Ovia South-West Local Government Area.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the deceased were among the nine staff involved in the accident that occurred along Iguobazuwa Road of the local government in the state.

    Managing Director of the company, Dr Graham Hefer, in a statement signed by its Media officer, Mr Fidelis Olise, in Benin on Monday, commiserated with families of the deceased staff.

    Hefer also wished the other three who sustained injuries speedy recovery.

    The statement said, “On the 14th of February, on the Siluko public road, a minibus carrying nine Okomu PLC employees had been involved in a head on collision with a tipper lorry.

    It added that six employees not five as earlier reported in the media, lost their lives in the tragic accident.

    “A further three workers were seriously injured when the minibus in which they were travelling collided with a tipper lorry carrying sand and subsequently burst into flames.

    “Apparently one person also died in the lorry,” it said.

    The statement said the company doctor and his team would continue to provide medical support to the injured employees until their recovery.

    It also said the Board, management, workers and all fellow stakeholders of the company sent their heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the families for the loss of their beloved.


    Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu