Palm oil firm seeks Edo govt intervention on operation disruption
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 News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) 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. (NAN)