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Okomu oil coy says effective communication engenders growth, development

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Cross section of stakeholders’ meeting organised by Okomu oil palm company. 2. Presentation of bursary to tertiaty students from Okomu oil palm comp
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THE Managenent of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc says effective communication has continued to engender good working relationships between companies and their host communities.

The Managing Director of the company, Dr. Graham Hefer, said this at a stakeholders’ meeting on Wednesday with host communities in Okomu, near Iguobazuwa, Ovia South West of Edo.

Represented by Mr Fidelis Olise, the company’s head of Communications,  Hefer said the company would continue to relate well with its 29 host communities where its over 30 000 hectares of plantations were being cultivated.

According to him, it requires effective communication skills to sustain such cordial relationships.

He said that absence of this could bring about crisis and slow down growth and development in any community.

Hefer disclosed that the existing cordial relationship had brought about completion of 90 per cent of executed projects in these communities under its social corporate responsibility platform in 2021.

Earlier, community relations consultant, Mr Kingsley Erinwionghae, described communication as focal point of human existence that had evolved from pre-historic times into the fastest growing phenomenon in the world today,.

According to him, it is the fulcrum of decision-making in any organisation, be it a firm or community.

He said that “if issues or matters are wrongly analysed and communicated, this can spell doom to any entity because a company or a community is an open-system which exists through a process of on-going wealth-creating interactions with its environment.”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Okomu oil palm company Plc has its plantations cultivated in Ovia South West, Ovia North East and Uhunmwode Local Government Areas respectively.

NAN reports that papers were also presented on community relations, small holding farming,  and effective conservation rights.

Some of the participants commended Okomu oil palm company for organising the community relations meeting.

They said that such fourm would create avenue for cross fertilization of ideas for growth and development of both the company and host communities.

Highlight of the meeting was presentation of N90,000 cheque each to 37 students of higher institutions from 18 of the 29 host communities as bursary award for the 2021 academic sesssion.

NAN

- Nov. 24, 2021 @ 16:28 GMT |

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