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Gov. Emmanuel Sues For Stronger Collaboration From MPN



Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has sued for a more mutually beneficial relationship between Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) the host communities and the state government.

Governor Emmanuel during a tripartite meeting between the state government, management of Mobil Producing Nigeria and leaders of host communities at Qua Iboe Terminal, Ibeno Local Government Area, Tuesday January 21, stressed the need for the company to strengthen its relationship with her publics.

The Governor said his visit to the company was aimed at strengthening such corporate relationship and chart a course for more involvement of stakeholders in community projects initiated by the oil giant.

“My visit here is a means of interaction, collaboration and partnership that we need one another. The government needs ExxonMobil, ExxonMobil also needs government; that’s the essence of the visit. It is that essence of collaboration that made this meeting possible.

“We have decided that we will see a way to have that cordial working relationship between not just government and ExxonMobil including the host community as well and even the staff, so we look at the welfare of everybody”, he declared.

Governor Emmanuel commended the management of ExxonMobil and the host community for their peaceful co-existence and called for sustained peace in the area.

“I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the executive and management of ExxonMobil led by the CEO, and also thank the host communities for their peaceful co-existence with ExxonMobil in the past three years; we expect a lot more”.

The Governor who was taken around on a facility tour of the company, expressed satisfaction over the level of maintenance of facilities at the terminal and encouraged the company to sustain the maintenance policy.

Earlier, the Chairman/Managing Director, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN), Mr. Paul McGrath, thanked the governor for the visit and for initiating the interaction between with management of the company, state government and the host communities.

He said the meeting has been long wished as a good start-off for the company and its host communities for the year 2020.

Also speaking, the Senior Manager, Security External Relations of the company, Mr. Ide Owodiong-Idemeko thanked Governor Emmanuel for providing an enabling environment for the International Oil Companies (IOCs) to operate, adding that the peace and security maintained has been a great boost to the company’s success and advocated a dialogue in settlement of dispute that may arise between the company and the host communities.

Highlight of the meeting was power point presentation of oil and gas operations of MPN and tour of the facility.

Among those present at the meeting were Secretary to the State Government Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem; Commissioner of Information Mr Charles Udoh; Vice Chairman of ExxonMobil companies in Nigeria, Mr Udom Inoyo; Paramount Ruler of Ibeno, HRH Owong Effiong Archianga; Chairman of ALGON Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Frank Archibong, among others.

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