Reply by the Traditional Council of Okomu Kingdom to the Okomu Oil Palm Company, a subsidiary of SOCFIN.
Okomu Kingdom | 17 May 2019

Reply by the Traditional Council of Okomu Kingdom to the Okomu Oil Palm Company, of subsidiary of SOCFIN.

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THE TRADITIONAL COUNCIL OF OKOMU KINGDOM 
OKOMU COMMUNITY
17-5-2019
 
 
THE MANAGING DIRECTOR 
OKOMU OIL PALM PLC 
OKOMU-UDO, OVIA SOUTH WEST LGA
EDO STATE, NIGERIA.
 
Dear Sir,
 
RE- CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) PROJECT FOR YOUR COMMUNITY FROM OKOMU OIL PALM COMPANY PLC FOR 2019
 
We acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated 11th April which although was sent to us on the 20th of same month. The content of your letter is not only laughable but a well calculated public relation stunt and deception which has no value, but with intent to hoodwink public empathy. You will recall that on the 20th December, 2018 you told the community that the request made to your company is not within the responsibility of the company, and that the only thing your company can give to the community as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility is a Cassava Grinding Machine, and that the community should apply to your company in writing for the Cassava Grinding Machine which they have not done, and will never do. How does that now amount to retracting an initial letter as you have opined in your letter. Secondly Chief Wuluku has never been made chairman of any committee for the past three years as you had want the public to believe.   
 
It is no longer a hidden fact that your company “Okomu Oil Palm Plc”, a large scale plantation company covering thousands of hectares of land generate conflicts, and many other serious problems for the Okomu communities, which you often deny and turnaround to antagonize, marginalize and silence the indigenous and rightful owners of the land with your draconian stunt and tactics such as:
 
1. Secure empathy, support and approval from high level Government officials. 
2. Secure empathy and support from certain dubious and treacherous local characters in the bid to divide and conquer the people.   
3. Promise employment, good roads, schools and health facilities you do not intend to keep or honour. 
4. Organize community meetings with no clear aims and objectives all to create the appearance or impression of community relationship and consent.
5. Promise improved food security and sustainability, but create food insecurity by your aggressive and illegal policies in disenfranchising indigenous rights. How can you create food security and sustainability when paradoxically your company is responsible for the condition and plight the Okomu communities are facing by stealing their lands.   
6. You Forge signatures, and falsify documents on behalf of Okumu community people. 
 
The Government of Edo State has the blames for this negative situation facing the communities, since they negotiated a contract that clearly cannot be implemented without violating the rights of the community people, as can be buttressed by the fact that the said land deal between your company and Edo State Government has never been seen by the affected communities hence it is against conventional fair play and repugnant to Nigeria freedom of information act, legal justice, the rule of law and land tenure act, and was poorly executed from the onset, with no regard to international treaties and law which Nigeria is also a signatory.
 
OUR DECLARATION
 
WAY FORWARD/DEMANDS 
 

Therefore, failure to comply with the above resolution of the people of Okomu Kingdom, the Okomu Oil Palm Plc will be regarded as an enemy and will be treated as such.

Edo State Government and Okomu Oil Palm Plc must be held responsible for any breakdown of law and order that might arise as a result of this negotiation to these resolution.  
 
 
Signed
Traditional Council of Okomu Kingdom 
 
CC: His Excellency the Governor of Edo State (through the Chief of staff)
His Excellency the Deputy Governor of Edo State (through the chief of Staff)
CP State Command Nigeria Police Force
AIG Zone 5 Nigeria Police Force
Commander 4 Mechanize Brigade
Director of State Security (DSS)
DPO Iguobazuwa Nigerian Police Force
The Chairman Ovia South West Local Government  
Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ)
Environmental Rights Action –Friends of the Earth (ERA-FoeN)
Foundation for Good Governance and Social change (FGGS)
GRAIN 
Global Forest watch 
World Rainforest Movement 
Oil Palm African 
Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE)
Nigeria bar Association (NBA) Edo State Branch
Independent Radio and Television (ITV) 
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