Godswill-AkpabioThe Akwa Ibom State Government has set up a committee comprising management of ExxonMobil and leaders of the host communities to discuss and proffer solutions towards payment of compensation to oil spill victims.

The state governor, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, said  this on Wednesday in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umana.

Akpabio said,  “We have already set up a committee to meet and discuss between the host communities and ExxonMobil with a view to  proffering solutions to the payment of the oil spill compensation.”

The Vice Chairman, ExxonMobil, Dr. Kachikwu, said all over the world, the most-talked about issue is the diversification of economy. He said ExxonMobil would continue to respect corporate citizenship in relation to Akwa Ibom State.

He thanked the governor for his support and for creating a conducive business environment for the company. He also thanked the governor for the hospitality and the level of support given to ExxonMobil by the state and the host communities for their understanding.

Kachikwu praised the governor for his developmental strides in the state and for rendering selfless service  to the country, adding it would leave lasting imprints after his tenure in office.

In another development, the Managing Director, JNC International Limited, Nigeria, Mrs. Clara Omatseye, who also paid a courtesy visit on the state governor, said their visit to the state was for a health-care programme aimed of promoting the general well-being of the people and for the advancement of technology.


Information from Punch was used in this report.