MONDAY Igbuya, speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, wants the management of Seplat to work towards the development of communities in Sapele Local Government.
Igbuya, who gave the advice in Asaba, capital of Delta State, while addressing a delegation of the organisation, observed that the attitude of some companies had posed a cog in the wheel of progress of the local government.
He told the management of Seplat to have a change of attitude in dealing with matters relating to roads, employment of Okpe indigenes and job security.
Igbuya, who said he was not happy about the level of unemployment of youths in the local government, expressed sadness at the news of the dismissal of Okpe people and alleged employment of foreigners by the organisation.
He, therefore, appealed to local and foreign organisations operating in the state to join the government in the rural modernisation by repairing bad roads in areas where they operate.
“Let the people feel the impact of modern facilities. Let the people enjoy basic amenities such as good roads. Let local roads be rehabilitated and new ones constructed”
He similarly enjoined the company’s management to stay away from politics and think more of their businesses and those things that could develop the host communities.
“Sapele is a peaceful local government. Be fair to the communities. Employ our people directly,” he said.
Earlier, the delegation from Seplat had appealed to the speaker and the people of Sapele for their cooperation. “We have built strong relationships with our local stakeholders. We have created a stable operating environment and positive social and economic outcomes for our host communities” Chukwuma Igeleyan, leader of the delegation and a manager based in Sapele, said.
— Oct 12, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT