By DESTINY Isinwa
Following the motion raised by the Imo State House of Assembly Member (IMHA) representing Ohaji-Egbema State Constituency, Hon. Cyriacus Heclus Okoro on Thursday 11th July, over total lack of electricity and other amenities in his Constituency whereas Ohaji-Egbema LGA is an Oil Producing Area, SEPLAT oil company has opened discussion with the IMHA ad-hoc committee on the matters.
The SEPLAT oil company on Thursday, 18th July 2019 through her Based Manager Mr. Emeka Onyeagba, had an interface with the IMHA ad-hoc committee led by Hon. Heclus C. Okoro at the office of Ohaji-Egbema Lawmaker and the meeting was attended by other committee members like: Hon. Lawman Duruji of Ehime Mbano, Hon. Dominic Ezerioha of Oru West, Hon. Chyna Iwuanyanwu of Nwangele and the Clerk of the committee.
Addressing Journalists shortly after the meeting, Okoro said “we’re interfacing with SEPLAT oil company on how to achieve the motion I raised at the floor of the House. We have opened discussion with SEPLAT and so far, so good: we’re making progress and we have adjourned to Wednesday”.
Okoro also urged the people of Ohaji/Egbema LGA to remain hopeful in his administration and suspend various planned actions against oil companies in the Constituency hence the companies are showing willingness to attend to the needs of Ohaji-Egbema people.
“I want to use this medium to advise the good people of Ohaji/Egbema that discussion has opened between the oil companies and IMHA which I’m their representative and equally the Chairman of the committee that is handling this matter. I want to tell the people of Ohaji/Egbema to calm down, to suspend every actions because from where we have reached, it’s clear that their requests will be granted.” He assured.
In his brief remark, the Oru West Lawmaker, Hon. Dominic Ezerioha commended the Chairman of the committee Hon. Heclus C. Okoro, for his commitment in the pursuance of the project targeted at enhancing the living standards of Ohaji-Egbema people and further stated that “IMHA is yet to develop the concept of the agreement which has already been signed by the parties”.
In his remarks, Mr. Emeka Onyeagba who is the Easterner Region Based Manager of SEPLAT said “we got a letter from this committee represented by the Honourable members here. SEPLAT is a new company in Imo State and SEPLAT is a responsible operator and we understand that as a company we have to identify with the needs of the people, we normally have programmes for the people.”
“There is also the aspect of our relationship with the communities where we meet with the communities to decide what are their needs then SEPLAT will decide how far they can support in the actualization of those needs. However, it’s an ongoing efforts to also complete some GMoU”. Onyeagba stated.