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Owan Community Hails Obaseki On Oil Palm Project

The Oasis Reporters

June 1, 2022




R-L: Area Forest Officer, Owan East and West Local Government Areas, Balogun Samuel; Acting Team Lead, Edo State Oil Palm Programme (ESOPP) Implementation Office, Churchill Oboh; the Utebi of Illueha, His Royal Highness, Chief Samuel Dogo, with other members of Illueha, during a meeting with officials OF Edo State Government.


Host communities of an oil palm plantation in the Owan axis of the state have commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for citing the project in their communities, with the traditional leaders and residents reassuring their support to ensure the success of the programme.

Explaining the gains of the project, the community leaders and members dissociated themselves from an alleged lawsuit against the siting of the developmental project in their communities.

Speaking to journalists, the traditional ruler of Ora, HRH J.E Okanigbuan Oraekpen II, Oje of Ora said the project will increase economic activities in the area and bring development closer to residents of the community.

He noted that the Ora community was duly consulted and all agreements reached with the government before the commencement of the programme.

The Oje who spoke through the Ogidigan of Ora, Chief Segun Imoinah, said, “Our attention has been drawn to the news of a purported lawsuit allegedly instituted against the Edo State Government by the Ora clan in respect of the Edo state oil palm project sited in the Edo forest reserves in Ora. We want to state emphatically that we know nothing about the lawsuit and we were not consulted before such purported lawsuit was instituted.”

He further noted, “The Ora people wholeheartedly support the Edo state oil palm project being sited in Ora. We will continue to support the government to ensure the success of the programme. As a people, we are concerned about the development of our community and know the impact of this project.

“Apart from boosting oil palm and allied products production for both local and international markets, the economic impact of this programme cannot be overemphasized. We thank the Governor for this project and reassure him of our unflinching support.”

On his part, the chairman, Ora-Government Interface Committee, Chief Okhuoya Akhadelor said the lawsuit is the handiwork of some retrogressive persons hellbent on sabotaging the development of Owan communities.

Similarly, the Utebi of Illueha, HRH Samuel Dogo also said, “I was surprised when my secretary briefed me of this sad incident. We have never raised a grievance regarding the reserve. It is the government who owns it and if they want to use it, since it belongs to them, they are free to use the land. We have nothing against the government regarding the siting of the project. Our people are a hundred percent behind the government.”

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