Nigeria, September 07, 2015, (Blank NEWS Online) –
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has urged multi national companies exploring oil in the state to employ people in their host communities to foster sustainable cooperation and conducive environment.
Okowa’s statement is coming on the heels of a plot by the management of AGIP Oil Company to renew the collaboration between the company and the state government.
Speaking when the management team of AGIP Oil Company Limited led by its General Manager Mr. Palio Carnivale paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, ASABA, Governor Okowa opined that oil companies could build peaceful coexistence and conducive working environment with host communities by creating employment opportunities for the youths.
His words ” I have to reiterate that there is a need for oil companies to ensure that they engage the youths in the immediate communities with employment first before they look elsewhere because the more people you actually employ from the immediate communities the more they acknowledge you as friends and the more they relate with you and that will also help to protect whatever investment that will be had on our pipelines”.
Although the Governor commended AGIP Oil Company for its past engagement of people in communities in the state, he insisted that a lot more could be done to better the lives of Deltans in host communities, warning that disagreement between host communities and oil prospecting companies occur when the company is seen to thrive and the community becomes impoverished.
While calling on Deltans, especially those in oil producing areas of the state to peacefully coexist with oil companies in order to achieve sustainable development, Governor Okowa assured of his administration’s continuous support to the oil company.
“We will continue to encourage all investment in the oil sector and therefore we will continue to partner with you to ensure that you will be able to get the best for your company, for the nation and the state”.
Earlier the General Manager, AGIP Oil Company Mr. Palio Carnivale stated that they had come for the purpose of renewing the collaboration between the company and the state government as well as solicit the continuous support of the state government.
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