Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has directed the Nigerian Gas Company to do everything within their powers to maintain a cordial relationship with the host communities in the State where their facilities are sited thus live up to their corporate social responsibilities.
The marching order was given through a resolution of the House on Tuesday sequel to the adoption of report of the ad-hoc Committee on Gas Pipeline Explosion.
It could be recalled that following a gas pipeline explosion on a facility belonging to the Nigerian Gas Company in Ikot Osute, in Oruk Anam LGA on June 17 this year, the House mandated an ad-hoc committee headed by the member representing Ibiono Ibom State Constituency, Rt. Hon. (Barr) Ime Bassey Okon, to carry out an investigation on the matter and report back to the House for further action.
Some amendments were effected in the committee’s recommendation by the House following some inputs by members during the consideration of the report by the committee of the whole.
In their resolution, the lawmakers directed the Ministry of Environment in the state to meet with relevant stakeholders and come up with a Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U) between the company and the host community before the end of the year.
Parts of the resolutions as passed by the House states “That the Company (NGC) be directed to complete work early on the mutually agreed projects to compensate the affected communities and engender a conducive working environment for them”.
The House also directed the company to ensure that indigenes of the affected communities be given job opportunities in the company where and when vacancies exist.
Speaker, Onofiok Luke thanked the Chairman and members of the committee, as well members of the House for their painstaking effort at ensuring that matters that concern the people of the state are given the attention it deserves, and directed the clerk of the House to communicate the position of the House to appropriate quarters.