….as new management swings into action
Nigeria’s leading indigenous oil and gas conglomerate, Aiteo has restated its commitment to the development of its host community, even as the new management of the company swings into action to upscale its community engagement.
This is coming after a recent incidence in which a section of the Nembe Community, Bayelsa State converged on and barricaded the entrance to Aiteo’s logistics base interrupting normal work operations. This development coincides with the resumption of operations of the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL), a major oil pipeline operated by Aiteo.
“These disturbances disrupt our operations and lead to production deferment which affects not just the company but revenues accruing to the government and people of Nigeria,” Aiteo stated in a statement, signed by its Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Ndiana Mathew.
“Aiteo reiterates her commitment to continue to work with her host communities to achieve amicable relationship. Moreover, the Nembe Community provides most of the supply, logistic and security contracts going into our local operations.
“Apart from encouraging community participation in this manner, the company has, in addition, continued to provide considerable amenities and services directly to the community in a most beneficial and impactful way. Hence, we remain open and are committed to constructive dialogue for the development of both the nation and the community,” Mathew continued
According to Mathew, it takes several layers of engagement to get key deliverables to the community as the asset is operated under a joint venture with NNPC therefore key decisions must be made upon due consultation with all stakeholders.
“We appeal to our host communities, our partners in development, to patiently await the final outcome of ongoing processes initiated to implement sustainable development for all parties,” Mathew added.
According to a community relations expert who spoke to Today’s Echo on the issue, the new management seems be poised for a new direction in the company’s community relations strategy and it is fair to give them some chance to prove themselves. Moreover, when valuable activities are disrupted, everybody loses, including the company, the community and the government.
He advised all stakeholders to settle down and work things together for the good of the country and the Niger Delta.
Last week, Today’s Echo reported that Aiteo has announced the appointment of Victor Okoronkwo as its new Managing Director following a restructuring and repositioning of its executive management.
Today’s Echo also exclusively reported on the new MD’s reputation as a well-rounded petroleum expert with a reputation for leading other highly-skilled engineers to accomplish several ground-breaking projects in the industry.
With Okoronkwo in charge, Aiteo’s community relations seems to have gathered impetus, reflected in its fast response to the recent incidence.