Residents accuse oil firm of ignoring deal
‘We agreed company would hire 300 and implement projects before exploration’
A community in Wajir South subcounty yesterday accused an oil exploration firm of failing to honour an agreement to upgrade the area.
“We agreed the company would hire 300 staff from the local community, set up its campsite on the outskirts of Wajir town and implement nine projects before the actual exploration began,” Mukhtar Sheikh Nur said.
He is the chairperson of the oil and gas exploration committee of Wajir South subcounty. The company is Simba Energy Ltd. The committee was created on June 15 and reached an agreement with Simba Energy on June 16.
“The committee wanted a dining hall put up at Leheley Secondary School, boreholes dug at Leheley and Boji Yarey, dams at Sukela, Dagane Walo and Argani,” Mukhtar told the press in Habaswein yesterday.
But Simba CEO Hassan Hassan said the committee is hostile. “We have invested millions of dollars in this project and we can’t allow that to go to waste,” he said.
Hassan said the company will work with non-hostile parties. “The company was licensed by the national government and this project will have to continue,” he said.
The exploration covers two wards – Lagboqol and Ibrahim Ure. Ninety per cent of the project is implemented in Wajir South and the remaining 10 is in Wajir West and Wajir East subcounties.
“We are the legitimate representatives of the Wajir South residents in this process since we were appointed by more than 300 residents,” he said.
WE HAVE INVESTED MILLIONS AND WE CAN’T ALLOW THAT TO GO TO WASTE – CEO