Imo berates oil companies for breaching MoUs
• Waltersmith, UNIDO, UNICA to build industrial park
• NGO offers free medical services to 1000 street sweepers
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 oil-producing 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.
According to him, the park would attract petrochemical, pharmaceutical, research and other light manufacturing companies that would feed off the hydrocarbon value chain.
Over 1000 street sweepers in the state, meanwhile, have benefited from a free medical outreach organised by a Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO), known as Genius Eye International Foundation.
The three-day humanitarian event held in the state capital, Owerri, commenced on Thursday. The sweepers, who are mainly widows and aged mothers, were attended to by a group of health experts assembled by the foundation.
Speaking to newsmen at the closure of the medical activity, the chairman and founder of the foundation, Paulcy Nnamdi Iwuala, said the gesture was borne out of his compassion for the vulnerable in the society.
He said: “First, this is possible because of my compassion and love for these aged mothers and widows, who are exposed to all sorts of dust induced infections, as a result of helping to keep the municipal and its environs tidy.
“These women are also exposed to insecurity as many of them are found doing their jobs very early in the morning. They are exposed to cold and all sorts of diseases. And many of them have no one to cater for their medical needs. So, as you can see majority of them are vulnerable.”
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