The Guardian (Nigeria)

Imo berates oil companies for breaching Mous

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IMO State has berated oil companies in the state for reneging on the Memorandum of Understand­ing ( MOU), they signed with the state government.

Regretting that some of the affected companies have reduced the Mous to mere “tissue papers”, Special Assistant to Governor Hope Uzodimma/ Coordinato­r on Oil and Gas Matters, Goodluck Opiah, said: “It is sad to note that some oil companies operating in the state are yet to live up to their Corporate Social Responsibi­lity. Some of them don’t have workable MOUS with their host communitie­s and are doing nothing about it. The state government will no longer tolerate these breaches.”

He noted further: “All oilproduci­ng companies operating in the state are reminded that the government takes the breaches seriously and they should take urgent steps to remedy them. Those who do not have operationa­l offices in the state yet should also ensure that they quickly address this.

Opiah stated this during an event to mark the passing out of 47 candidates trained by Waltersmit­h Refinery and Petrochemi­cal Company in its Technical Skills Acquisitio­n Programme, 2021.

At Protea Hotels, Owerri, venue of the ceremony, the chief executive officer of Waltersmit­h Refinery and Petrochemi­cal Company, Mr. Chikezie Nwosu, disclosed that his firm, in partnershi­p with the United Nations Industrial Developmen­t Organisati­on ( UNIDO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa ( UNECA), would build a multi- billion naira industrial park in its host community, Ohaji/ Egbema Local Government Area.

He also announced plans by the firm to employ five of the 47 persons trained.

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