Indorama EPCL to Provide Uninterrupted Electricity to Eleme
By Samuel Onungwe
Eleme City Council Chairman, Emere Hon. Obarilomate Ollor JP has revealed a plan by the fastest growing company in the Niger Delta, Indorama EPCL to partner with the host community of Eleme and provide uninterrupted electricity as part of its corporate social responsibility.
The ECC Chairman made this revelation during a digital town hall meeting held with the Eleme people across the globe as one of the events marking his 100 days in office on Friday, 24th September 2021. The online meeting which was launched from the council secretariat, Ogale – Nchia, had his Chief Press Secretary, Ate Chinwi as its anchor. The Chairman, Emere Hon. Ollor took time to answer questions asked by those who either called in or sent short messages. He said that a technical committee would be set up to fast track the process.
The Indorama EPCL was formerly, Eleme Petrochemical Company Limited, a subsidiary of the NNPC until its privatisation by President Obasanjo civilian regime. Today, it has diversified from Poly-Olefins and added fertilizer plant. They have recently acquired more apart from the over 900 hectares of land for the construction of another fertilizer plant.
The new land acquired believed to be about 120 hectares is located at Aleto by the New Eleme – Woji dual carriage road being constructed by Gov. Wike of Rivers State.
The Eleme City Council Chairman also, said that other development projects would be carried out at Aleto,the core host community of the Indorama EPCL Phase II.
It is instructive to note that the host communities of Indorama EPCL called ELANO at its privatisation, bought 7.5 % shares of the company from the Bureau of Public Enterprise, BPE at about 3 billion Naira, an action which has secured harmonious relationship between the host communities and the corporation.
For about three months now Eleme enjoys about 12 to 15 hours electricity daily from the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company as a result of the LG Chairman’s intervention. A condition that has greatly impacted the economy as small and medium scale enterprises as well as people are relocating into the land due to the improved security situation on ground.
It could be recalled that at the inception of the administration, Emere Hon. Ollor had personally supervised the destruction of all criminal hideouts including the famous Achara shrine and Trailer Park Market, Ebubu. He had given marching order to security men to trail all criminals, arrest and prosecute them in line with statutory criminal codes in the country.