Govt Harps on Relocation of IOCs to A’Ibom

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Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Environment and Petroleum Resources, Sir Charles Udoh has urged International Oil Companies (IOC) operating in Akwa Ibom to cooperate with the government by relocating their operational base to the state.

Sir Charles Udoh stated this on Wednesday, August 27 in Mbo, during the commissioning and handing-over the Mbo Training Centre to youths of the area by Oriental Energy Resources Ltd.

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Sir Charles Udoh who disclosed that the major objective of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration is to create jobs and wealth for people, urged IOCs in the state to contribute to government’s efforts towards job and wealth creation by setting up their operational base in the state to open up the needed opportunities.

“This government has been focusing on the creation of jobs through the private sector arrangements witnessed in the multiplicity of industries dotting the landscape of the state.

“I therefore join hands with the youths of Mbo local government area to celebrate this gift from Oriental Energy Resources”, Sir Udoh said.

The Commissioner appreciated the Managing Director of Oriental Energy Resources Ignatius Ifelayo for leading a good cause of keeping to the company’s corporate social responsibility through people orientated projects in the state including: the training and equipping of people in different skills, building of classrooms and laboratories, construction of 100 units housing estate in Ewang and scholarship for students among others.

While expressing government’s appreciation for the initiative by Oriental Energy Resources’ Udoh stated that government would be more delighted if it is carried along from the beginning of any project for an all-encompassing process.

He commended the company for being a good corporate social citizen, and enjoined other oil companies to emulate Oriental Energy Resources.

Present at the event were: the Local Government Chairman of Mbo, Mr. Asukwo Eyo, the paramount Ruler of Mbo, His Royal Majesty, Edidem Ogwong Okon Asukwo and the representative of the Commissioner for Ministry of Labour and Manpower Planning among others.