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Set up operational base in Benin, Commissioner tasks oil firm

Set up operational base in Benin, Commissioner tasks oil firm

BENIN CITYEdo State Commissioner for Special Duties, Oil and Gas, Hon. Orobosa Omo-Ojo has enjoined Newcross Petroleum Limited to work towards establishing its operational base in Benin City.

He gave the advice when a two-man delegation from the company led by the Head Strategic Business Unit, Bashir Idowu paid him a courtesy visit in Benin City on Monday.

Hon. Omo-Ojo explained that Edo State was peaceful devoid of youth restiveness and conducive for any business to blossom, adding that there is currently a re-birth of infrastructure including good roads in the state.

Besides appreciating Newcross Petroleum Limited for investing in the state through which it had created jobs for youths and hopefully paid its tax, the commissioner disclosed that the ministry attaches much importance to the corporate social responsibility of any company operating in Edo State.

However, he said this was not an additional burden on the corporate bodies but that emphasis was on careful and extensive planning and project execution in the host communities in order to curb duplication of projects.

The commissioner harped on collective corporate social responsibility among companies, stressing that Edo State Government through the ministry should be involved at the point of initiating project which should be carefully designed and sited at the oil and gas producing communities.

While suggesting the idea of a proposed monthly meeting among all stakeholders in the oil and gas sector in Edo State, Hon. Omo-Ojo said the ministry would liaise between government and the operators.

Earlier, the head of Strategic Business Unit, Newcross Petroleum Limited, Bashir Idowu suggested that based on the five-year development plan set up in Nigeria, it was appropriate to involve the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in all the community development plan.

In his remarks, Mr. Anthony Amajuoyi of the External Relations, Newcross Petroleum Limited narrated the efforts of the company to enhance its host communities, stressing that it is a best practice organization

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