He stated this at an event organised by an Oil firm, Dubril Oil, operating in the state when the company gave out several items running into millions of naira to its host communities.
Represented by his Commissioner for Special Duties, Oil and Gas, Orobosa Omon Ojo, the governor encouraged the management of the company to intensify its empowerment programmes for youths in Gelegele, Ughoton, Ikpako and Oduna communities, where he observed that what was taken from the communities could not be compared to what the communities were giving.
“I am here because of my interest in ensuring that members of the host communities of the oil producing areas that they get not what is commensurate with what they are giving out because that will never be. But let us give a little bit back to where these billions of dollars have been extracted on a daily, monthly and yearly basis.”
Speaking on behalf of the company, the Director of Dubri Oil, Clement Seweje said that the company had done well in making sure that the host communities were empowered.
“This is one programme that has gone beyond the imagination of everyone. We look forward to expanding the scheme,” he added.
Information from The Guardian was used in this report.