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Shareholders call for repatriation of Okomu Oil’s GM

By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—AGAINST derogatory remarks against Nigerian workers in Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc by its General Manager, Mr.Grahan Hefer, shareholders of the company have called on the Federal Government to repatriate him from the country immediately.

Bishop Goodluck Akpore, Chairman, Onitsha zone shareholders’ association, which is made up of  Edo Delta, Anambra, Enugu , Ebonyi and Benue states, who made the call at the company’s 2009 general meeting of shareholders in Benin, accused Mr. Hefer of calling Nigerians animals and stupid people.

He disclosed that while the distributors of Okomu Oil-Palm Company have been useful to the company over the years, the company has so much money stocked up with no effort made to give them allocations at reasonable prices.

Noting that the policy thrust of government was that community must gain from the project sited in their area by the company assisting them, he stated that since the company that operates in Okomu deals on oil-palm, it was expected to assist small palm plantation owners with necessary inputs and assist them to grow their own plantation.

“Instead, all Hefer did was to disregard the people and call Nigerians animals,” Bishop Akporue stated.
He said that whereas the company’s senior staff association, as a matter of government policy and technical agreement are to come from the catchments area, that of Okomu is different, as the staff is not working in a free environment because they complain of Mr. Hefer’s high handedness.”

As at the time of filing the report, efforts at reaching the General Manager proved abortive as he said to have been summoned at his country’s embassy office, Abuja.


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