Communities laud Okomu Oil Palm on CSR
At least 10 communities in the Okomu Oil plantation operations field in Ovia North East and Ovia South West Local Councils in Edo State have adjudged Okomu Oil Palm company as partners in progress for living up to its corporate social responsibility.
Representatives of the various communities led by Public Relations Officer, Odigiguetue community, Omoregie Hillary, said members of Okomu Extension II communities, host community of Okomu Oil Palm said the company has in the last two years provided community dwellers with more than 2,000 jobs and dignity to the host community.
He added that it is on record that as part of the company’s RSPO commitments, all of its communities negotiated and duly signed what is known as a Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) agreement with the company as partners in progress following the company commitment to ensuring development of the people and the communities.
“We are therefore surprised to read from an NGO group called (ERA/FoEN), who have no locus whatever in our communities that Okomu Oil palm Company has done nothing for us. Okomu alone has in the last two years brought more than 2,000 jobs,education, health, business, prosperity and dignity to us and our communities and we will not allow anyone to take this from us “Omoregie said.
Omoregie however called on the state government to ensure that their tenure on the land in question and their further development of the host communities remains unhindered to ensure rapid development and growth of the communities.