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HOST COMMUNITY LAUDS IBOM POWER ON PEACE PACT

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  • A pact was reached after a showdown between the community and Ibom power that lasted for almost two months
  • the community tabled their demands to Ibom power
  • Ibom power has appointed an indigene of Ikpa Ibekwe, Aniefiok Sunday as the Operations & Maintenance Manager
  • The company has sponsored Ikpa Ibekwe youths on skills acquisition
  • Ibom power gave Ikpa Ibekwe N5million for palm oil mill processing machine
  • The company plans to give start-up funds to Ikpa Ibekwe youths upon completion of training

The immediate host community of Ibom Power Company Limited, Ikpa Ibekwe Clan has lauded the Company’s Management for keeping to the terms of a peace pact made with the community earlier this year.

After a showdown between the community and Ibom power that lasted for almost two months, both parties made a pact at a meeting held in the office of the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State.

At the meeting, the community tabled their demands to Ibom power, which included the appointment of an indigene from Ikpa Ibekwe into Ibom power’s management.

They also requested for skills acquisition and empowerment programme for Ikpa Ibekwe youths; reconnection of electricity to Ikpa Ibekwe by PHEDC; construction of a 30MVA substation for Ikot Abasi and periodic meetings between Ibom power and the host community.

The Chairman of Ikpa Ibekwe Clan Council, Elder Udosen Stevens and the Youth President, Friday Benjamin who led the delegation commended Ibom power for fulfilling most part of the pact with the community.

Elder Stevens said he was delighted to see an indigene of Ikpa Ibekwe, Aniefiok Sunday who Ibom power appointed as the Operations & Maintenance Manager. The Council Chair lauded the Managing Director of Ibom power, Engr. Meyen Etukudo for ‘keeping his word’.

He appreciated Ibom power for the Palm oil processing mill that was constructed in Ikpa Ibekwe with the N5million given to the community by Ibom power. Elder Stevens also stated that the money was judiciously spent and what remained was the local machine to be bought and flooring of the place.

The Youth President, Friday Benjamin expressed appreciation to the Management of Ibom power. He said the company had sponsored some youths from Ikpa Ibekwe on skills acquisition and empowerment programme and most of the youths are ready to start businesses in their areas of training from the skills acquisition programme.

He however pleaded with the MD on the issue of power supply to the community urging the Ibom power to intervene on their behalf on the payments of outstanding electricity bills to PHEDC.

The MD of Ibom power, Engr. Meyen Etukudo said he is delighted with the results from the partnership between Ibom power and the host community. He said Ibom power will find ways to provide start-up funds to the youths upon completion of their training. The MD also said that Ibom power will look into how to ensure that he constructed palm oil processing mill is fully functional for the benefit of the community.

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MICHAEL DADA

Michael Dada is the media/publicity officer at Ibom Power Company Limited. He is a graduate of Journalism from Lagos State University School of Communication. He did internship at The Nation newspaper and Voice of Nigeria. He has a Digital Marketing Master Class certificate from Wild Fusion Digital and a certificate in WordPress web design from Spring Light Technology. He holds a Competence in Writing and Speaking certificate from the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University. He has a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Writing and Reporting Skills from the School of Media and Communication. He is an associate of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and an alumnus of Pan Atlantic University.

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