Nigerian energy conglomerate Aiteo has reassured its unwavering commitment to the sustainable development of its host communities
Protesters from the Nembe Community, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, converged on Sunday and barricaded the entrance to Aiteo’s logistics base without prior notice, interrupting normal work operations and ignoring the state security task force’s intervention.
Aiteo said that after protracted engagement with the protesters, they agreed to disband while leaving behind representatives to present their demands to the company.
The group stated that it is instructive that this development coincides with the resumption of Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) operations. These disturbances disrupt the operations and lead to a deferment of production that affects not only the company but revenues that accrue to Nigeria’s government and people.
Aiteo reiterates its commitment to continue working with the host communities to achieve an amicable relationship. In addition, the Nembe Community provides most of the supply, logistics and security contracts entering into the company’s local operations.
The company added that it continues to provide the community with significant amenities and services in the most beneficial and impactful manner. It, therefore, remained open and is committed to constructive dialogue for the development of both the nation and the community.
It takes several layers of engagement to get vital deliverables to the community as the asset is operated under a joint venture with NNPC, therefore, major decisions must be made upon due consultation with all stakeholders.
The group appealed to its host communities, its partners in development, to patiently await the final outcome of ongoing processes initiated to implement sustainable development for all parties.