ELEME COUNCIL CHAIRMAN PRESCRIBES WAYS TO END COMPANIES AND HOST COMMUNITIES CRISIS
(by Peter Henry Dee)
The Executive Chairman of Eleme Local Government Area in Rivers State, Barrister Philip Okparaji has expressed worry over the constant crisis between multinational companies and their host communities in the Niger Delta Region.
The Eleme Council Chairman, Barrister Philip Okparaji, who stated this in an interview with iSN correspondent in Port Harcourt at the weekend, also pointed out some ways multinational companies could operate peacefully with their host communities.
According to him, “One of the ways to end crisis is to create a special department for the host communities”.
Philip Okparaji argued that mere appointment of an indigene as a Community Relations Officer or Manager is not enough for a host community.
He said: ” There is the urgent need to have a holistic department that will be in charge of host communities”, adding that the development would create a regular interface between the two parties and that the plight of the host communities would be more understood and attended to by the companies.
The Eleme Local Government boss further pointed out that crisis between multinational companies and their host communities would be a thing of the past, if companies carry out their corporate-social responsibilities and respect GMoUs.
“They have to execute projects, they have to give employment opportunities and give scholarships to indigenes of host communities”.
He applauded Indorama Petrochemicals company for being ahead of others in terms of maintaining good relationship between multinational companies and their host communities in Eleme Local Government Area.