Sen. Eyakenyi Receives

Exxon Mobil’s Delegation

-Lauds Company’s Development Projects

The management of Exxon Mobil Nigeria paid a courtesy visit to the senator representing Akwa Ibom South, Senator Akon Eyakenyi PhD. Led by the Executive Vice-Chairman of the board of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPNU) and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL), Mr. Udom Inoyo, the IOC’s high powered delegation comprised of General Manager External Relations, Niyi Idowu; General Manager Venture Relations, Eme Udom; General Manager Public and Government Affairs, Nigel Cookey-Gam; Government Relations Advisor, Ozemoya Okordion and Community Relations Advisor, Ekpotu Uquang.

Addressing the senator in her Abuja residence, leader of the Exxon Mobil team, Mr. Udom Inoyo told the national lawmaker that the company came to congratulate her on her emergence as the senator representing Akwa Ibom South senatorial district and the leader of the district’s caucus in the national assembly. Mr. Inoyo said the company is willing and ready to work with Senator Eyakenyi to ensure its smooth operation in the district and Akwa Ibom at large. He therefore solicited the senator’s support for the company’s lofty efforts at living up to its corporate social responsibilities to its host communities in the district and the state by extension.

Mr. Inoyo said Exxon Mobil Nigeria being a responsible corporate citizen has contributed positively to the development of the area and champions the campaign for peace which is the key requirement for a meaningful operation of the company within the district.

Mr. Inoyo said the oil sector in Nigeria has not faired so well in the past 20 years. This he said was traceable to inconsistent policies, unfavourable tax regimes and competition by other oil producing countries. He lamented that the company’s dream of producing 2 million

barrels per day has not been realised due to some intervening variables.

Responding, Senator Eyakenyi thanked Exxon Mobil for the visit and commended the delegation for taking the trouble to come all the way to Abuja. She applauded the company’s policy of youth development which she noted was at the core of societal development. Senator Eyakenyi made the commendation in response to the company’s claim that it was undertaking three strategic projects in the state targeted at youths empowerment and development. Senator Eyakenyi said the Skills

Acquisition Centre at Community Technical College, Ikot Akata Mkpat Enin, Trauma Centre at University of Uyo Teaching Hospital and the Engineering Faculty Complex at University of Uyo permanent site when completed as stated by Exxon Mobil shall bring about huge relief to the state and impact the youths extensively.

“On completion, those projects shall improve the state’s economy and take our youths off crimes and restiveness”. The lawmaker however frowned very seriously at the company’s policy of workers casualisation. According to  the Senator, it is inhuman to tie down a worker who has met the company’s requirements for upgrade to a permanent staff as contract staff for over twenty years. “That is not a good practice and your company must review its policies with regards to such redundant operations guideline”. Senator Eyakenyi assured the company that the  state Chief Executive, HE Governor Udom Emmanuel whom she described as an ‘Apostle of Peace’ shall not rest on his oars in guaranteeing that Exxon Mobil has a conducive, congenial and peaceful ambience in the state to carryout its operations. She urged the company not to hesitate to call on her at anytime her help is needed but

stressed that it must keep raising the bar of its corporate social responsibilities to its catchment communities.

The climax of the visit was the presentation of a congratulatory message by Mr. Udom Inoyo and his team to Senator Akon Eyakenyi on her landslide victory at the last senatorial election in Akwa Ibom South.