The Akwa Ibom state government has charged TOTAL E&P Nigeria, on its obligation to maintain the local content policy in its operations in Akwa Ibom state. The charge was contained in an address presented by the Akwa Ibom state Commissioner for Transport and Petroleum Resources, Hon Orma Esin, on behalf of the state government, at an Health Security and Environment Forum organized by TOTAL for its contractors in the Akwa Ibom state area of its operation.
The Commissioner, who was represented at the occasion by the Director of Petroleum Resources at the ministry of Transport and Petroleum Resources, Mr. Nseobong Samuel Edem, urged the oil company to ensure that the state was not shortchanged in the implementation of the local content policy by the company. He reminded the company that by that policy, 100 per cent of all unskilled labour is reserved for host communities, while 60 per cent of skilled labour is also reserved for the communities. He stressed the need for more interaction between the state government and the company, adding that the state government was ensuring that the state remains a peaceful operation area for TOTAL and other oil companies.
While thanking the company for the foresight in organizing the forum for its contractors in the state, the commissioner hinted that the state government was compiling a list of qualified contractors in the state to ensure that the state does not lose out in contract awards by the company and other companies operating in the state.
In his address at the event, TOTAL E&P Nigeria’s Deputy General Manager in charge of Community Affairs, Mr. James Urho, represented by Mr. Okechukwu Obara, Manager Community Affairs, said that the HSE Forum for contractors was borne out of the company’s desire to ensure that contractors are kept abreast of the company’s “HSE culture to ensure that works are done with the right tools and in a safe manner”.
He urged contractors to take advantage of the Forum to upgrade their safety awareness to prevent injuries, not only in work places, but also at home.
“In TEPNG, effective HSE planning and culture is governed by the 12 Golden Rules. These rules provide the right HSE attitudes and practices to be deployed during the execution of tasks. They are the very foundation of our safe working environment”, Mr. Urho admonished.
The deputy General Manager commended contractors who have imbibed the company’s safety culture for attaining the desired milestone, and encouraged others yet to attain the desired level of observance to buckle up. He added that “investigations carried out always showed that avoidable human errors and violations of safety rules as laid out in the 12 Golden Rules as major causal factor”.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of an award of excellence to the company by the community contractors in appreciation of the company’s commitment to the partnership between it and community contractors from Akwa Ibom state.