The management of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, has debunked report alleging that it failed to honour a recent agreement with one of its host community, Ikweghwu -Amukpe Community, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.
Some member of the community had in a protest on Thursday alleged that they entered to an MoU on a quota system for providing employment at the Seplat Warehouse in the community.
However, reacting to media reports on the protest, in a press statement signed by Dr. Chioma Nwachuku – GM, External Affairs & Communications/ Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, stated that the company is unaware of such agreement, but currently in talk with the community for peaceful settlement.
The Statement read:
“COMMUNITY PROTEST AT SEPLAT WAREHOUSE IKWEGHWU- AMUKPE
“On the morning of January 21, 2021, some Ikweghwu community members in Amukpe, Delta State led a protest in front of the Seplat Warehouse located in the community. The protesting community members alleged that Seplat was yet to implement purported agreements recently reached with the community in a meeting held at the Palace of the Orodje of Okpe concerning a quota system for providing employment at the Seplat Warehouse and contract awards to the community.
“Seplat is not aware of any such agreements but is currently in discussions with the Ikweghwu community to amicably resolve their demands.
“Since inception, our communities have remained our critical stakeholder, and we remain committed to our prime objective of creating a highly beneficial relationship with our communities. Our commitment is demonstrated in the strong partnerships built by Seplat with its communities in the Niger Delta over a decade of operations, resulting in a stable operating environment for the Company.”