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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Ogun Monarch Laments His People's Suffering Over OGFTZ


Segun Ayinde  Abeokuta


The Oloja Ekun of Igbesa, Oba AdulAzeez Akinde, in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, has expressed regret over the suffering of his people despite concentration of companies including the Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone Limited in his community

Oba, Akinde, while speaking in an exclusive interview with The Point, accused the OGFTZ and other companies in his domain of not performing their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) to relief his people of their hardship and aid the development of the community

The monarch lamented that his people were not happy with the ways and manners companies in their domain had not been performing their CSR and giving out the employment quarters they were due to in the community, promising to look into the issue.

He said that he would meet with OGFTZ's Chairman Board of Directors, Mr. Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, GNI, to interface between the free trade zone and the community in order to review their past annual reports and accounts to know if they had been performing their CSR to the town or not

Oba Akinde maintained a draft Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) was already in place to be used as a negotiating tool between the community and management of companies in free trade zone, and other firms in the area to come to an understanding of how the issue would be resolved 

The king, while saying that he would endeavour to review the skills and academic qualifications required by people to work in the companies urged the firms to reconsider their agreement with the state government over the employment of indigenes to work for them as part of their CSR.

He said" Over the time the community has not been happy with the performance of these companies as well as the free trade zone not been giving them the employment quotas that they are due to."

"So what i intend to do to ensure that they are carrying out their CSR, is to review their pasts annual reports and accounts and see what is contained in that report as to whether they are meeting this CSR if yes what is the proportion of their turn over to the community."

"As we speak i had an information this morning that a draft MoU is in place which is going to be used as a negotiating tool between the community and the free trade zone. So, i am going to review it. i had also been promised that they would give me a copy of draft the MoU"

"We are so happy now that the Ogun State government had appointed Goyega Nasir Isiaka, GNI, as an interface between the free trade zone and the community. I intended to engage the management of some of these companies to give us an idea of what is the situation and what they intend to give to us." the monarch added

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