By Igbaugba Ehigimetor
Oil communities of Ajoki and Ajamimogha in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo have promised to protect Sahara Energy’s facilities and operations in the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that representatives of the communities made the promise at a news conference in Benin on Monday.
Residents of the communities said their commitment to Sahara Energy was because of the firm’s numerous Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects and contributions to the development of the area.
They said the communities had continued to experience “cordial, peaceful and beneficial relationship’’ with the oil company.
The residents said Sahara Energy had lived up to its responsibilities by providing social amenities for them.
The Spokesman and Youth Chairman of Ajoki community, Mr Isaac Ajatiton, said they were at peace with the operations of Sahara Energy because many of their youths had been employed.
Ajatiton said what they wanted was development and such could only happen “when there is peace between the firms and host communities’’.
He said Sahara Energy had helped to extend electricity to their community, provided scholarships to deserving students and facilitated the provision of medical care for the elderly.
According to him, we are very happy with Sahara Energy operations.
“The company has no problem in our community. Most of the things we asked them to do had been done,’’ Ajatiton said.
The Spokesman for Ajamimogha and Trustee President, Mr Bawo Otikpere, said they were prepared to protect facilities of Sahara Energy and other oil firms in their community.
He said it was to show appreciation for the good work of the oil firms.
“We have received many good things from Sahara Energy. Our people are happy and we want them to do more,’’ Otikpere said.
Sahara has over 60 running service contracts with community contractors and several other purchase orders, in addition to several vocational training and capacity building initiatives.