News & Updates

Elephant Found at OKOMU

Last Thursday, workers in the Okomu Oil Palm Plantation displayed rear love for nature and biodiversity when they rescued a baby Elephant estimated to be between two and three months old and handed it over to the officials of the National Park for re-integration to its natural habitat.
This discovery implies the existence of a parade/herd of Elephant in the Okomu National Park that were hitherto thought to be in extinction.
A follow-up visit was made today 7th October by some Management staff of Okomu to ascertain the state and health of the Elephant.
So far the Elephant is doing well. More stories and Pictures later.
In the meantime, we welcome the general public to suggest a name for the Elephant

OKOMU TASKS COMMUNITIES ON THE NEED FOR REGULAR ENGAGEMENT

The Management of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc has assured the neighboring communities that the company will always abide by its programme on corporate social responsibility (CSR), as the company has consistently done in the past. Mr Fidelis Olise stated this during the quarterly meeting between the company and her neighboring communities. At Gbelebu and Madagbayo communities, Mr Olise who represented the Managing Director, reminded the gathering thatthe purpose of the quarterly meeting is to strengthen the already existing relationship between the company and its communities and to foster good communications between the two parties.

RSPO UPDATE MEETING

In an effort towards ensuring that all stakeholders are abreast with the practice pertaining to the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)certification which is due to hold in October, the Health, Safety and Environment Department recently held a refresher (training) RSPO for internal stakeholders.

Okomu Staff Primary School Graduates Pupils for the 2018/2019 Academic Session

The 2018/2019 graduation ceremony of Okomu Staff Primary school has been held with a charge on the graduating pupils and their teachers to maintain the high standard the school is known for.
Managing Director Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, Dr Graham Hefer, who gave this charge while addressing the grandaunts, said management will ensure that the pupils in the school will get the best quality of education as the company will continually provide the necessary resources to achieve quality learning at the school.

Dr Graham Hefer Plays Host to State Executive of NIPR

Edo State Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, (NIPR) Mrs. Helen Lola-Ebueku has commended the Management of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, (OOPC) for the people oriented programmes which have facilitated the development of the company’s neighboring communities.

NOTICE OF ASSETS DISPOSAL

The Okomu Oil Palm Company PLC hereby announce that some obsolete materials are available for disposal at some of our stores
WORKSHOP AND ESTATE STORE: Building Materials. Electrical Materials, Light Vehicle Parts, Filters etc.
OIL MILL STORE: Industrial Bearings of different types etc.
INSPECTION TIME: Wednesday 4th – Friday 27th September 2019 (8:00 AM – 3:00PM DAILY)
BIDDER: Interested bidders are to check before bidding and submit their tender in a sealed envelope to:

Managing Director,
Thru: HSE Secretary Office
OKOMU OIL PALM COMPANY PLC
OKOMU -UDO

OR

E-mail to: internalaudit@okomunigeria.com

ENTRY CLOSES: Friday 27th September 2019 by 3:00PM

NOTE: FAILURE TO PAY FOR WHAT YOU BIDED AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF THE GIVEN PERIOD AND DAYS OF GRACE (IF ANY) WILL ATTRACT SANCTION, VAT WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR BID IF NOT SPECIFIED.

OKOMU PLANTATION HOSTS THE ENDANGERED AFRICA GREY PARROT

Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc has been identified as an important landscape for African Grey parrots in Nigeria this is after series of surveys to determine seasonal patterns of behaviour and habitat usage of the parrot.
An overnight roosting location was identified in the nursery of Okomu Oil Palm Plc.
Another a roosting location close to the Araukwa Stream within the Okomu National Park was identified among the over twenty forest sites across the southern part of Nigeria.
A survey conducted in march 2019 by Ifeanyi Ezenwa and Ugochukwu Abazu both from of the department of Zoology and Environmental Biology of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, shows that within the Okomu Oil Palm plantation, the parrots were found leaving the site very early in the morning (possibly due to disturbance by people collecting tail feathers from beneath the roost before daybreak with the use of flashlights). The Grey parrots were observed to start arriving at the roost at approximately 17.00h in groups of 1 or 2 with the majority arriving between 19h20 and 20h20.
Groups often stopped at some distance from the roost site before aggregating together and arriving at the roost tree in groups of 50 or more. The roost was estimated to be used by between 400 and 450 Gray parrots, considerably more than the number counted during the previous visit in April 2018 (estimated around 100-150) suggesting that the numbers roosting may be variable depending on the season.
In 2017 African Grey parrots were recognized as Globally Endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to rapid population declines driven by the capture of the bird for the pet trade and deforestation. In 2018 an initiative was launched to understand the status of African Grey parrots in Nigeria, determine threats and identify critical actions for the protection of wild populations.

OKOMU STAFF SCHOOL HOLDS CULTURAL DAY CELEBRATION.

The rich culture of the various ethnic groups in Nigeria took centre stage on Friday 12th July when pupils of Okomu Staff School held their 2019 cultural day celebration.
The event is in recognition of the significance of a people’s culture as their identity and also that the best time to teach children their culture is at the early stages of their lives.
Welcoming parents and guardians to the cultural day celebration, Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Gloria Izevbigbe said the day was set aside by management of the school to further enlighten the pupils on the importance of culture to human existence.
She advised parents and care-giver to always teach children and wards their various cultural values so as to prevent our cultures from going into extinction.
The children dressed in their various tradition attires thrilled their audience with different cultural displays The cultural day celebration is an annual event in the Okomu Staff Primary School. Pictures, they say speak louder than words, happy viewing

EDO STATE POLICE COMMISSIONER VISITS OKOMU

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Danmallan Mohammed paid a courtesy call on the Okomu OIL palm Company plc to familiarize himself with the security challenges confronting the company.
The State Police boss while acknowledging the role Okomu is playing in boosting the nation's economy as well as creation of jobs for thousands of Nigerians said the Nigeria Police will continue to ensure that adequate security is provided for the company to operate.
Managing Director, Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, Dr Graham Hefer while appreciating CP Danmallan for the visit, said security is the bedrock for any business to grow. Dr Graham drew the attention of the CP to some areas the company has been having security challenges; he also stated the company’s resolve to cooperate with the Police and other security agencies in the discharge of their duties.

NOTIFICATION FOR THE SALES OF RAMS AND SHEEP

This is to bring to the notice of the general public that Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc is currently selling Rams and Sheep at give away prices
Below are the categories and prizes:

  1. Big size #45,000
  2. Medium size #25,000
  3. Small size #20,000

Interested persons should contact the Estate superintendent, OOPC, Mr Adekunle Salami on 08035037421 or email: asalami@okomunigeria.com

OKOMU DECLARES DIVIDEND OF 3 NAIRA FOR SHAREHOLDERS

Okomu oil Palm company plc has announced a dividend of 3 naira per 50kobo ordinary share for all its shareholders in the year ended 31 st December 2018.
In a statement signed by the company’ secretary Christian Mariere on behalf of the board of directors, the proposed dividend is subject to appropriate withholding tax on approval, paid to shareholders whose names appear in the register of members at the close of business on 13 th May 2019.
The statement further disclosed that the register of shareholders will be closed from Tuesday 14 th to Friday 17 th May 2019 while electronic payment of dividend will commence on 20 th June 2019.
Also the annual general meeting of shareholders of the company will hold on Thursday 13 th June 2019 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja at 10:00am.

OKOMU STAFF SCHOOL HOLDS INTERHOUSE SPORT

Okomu Staff School has held it 2019 inter-house sport competition.
The competition which was held at the sport complex in the Main Estate of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc saw highly contested activities from the pupils of the school.
At the end of the competition, Purple House emerged the overall winner, with Yellow and Red House, coming second and third positions respectively. ...
The event witnessed excited pupils from the nursery to primary arms of the school contesting in various sporting activities which included March pass, sack races, 75m, 100m, 200m and 400m, relay race, among others.
At the end of the competition awards and prizes were given to winners in the various competitions.

OKOMU TRAINS CONTRACTORS ON RSPO

In preparation for RSPO auditing and hopefully certification, The Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc. has organized four day training for all contractors operating under the company with the aim of equipping them with the latest trend in contract execution in line with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
The training is a manifestation of the company’s commitment to RSPO principles and criteria 2018 as well as the Health Safety and Environment system in Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc.
The training which started on February 28, 2019 rounded up on March 5, 2019 was extended to all contractors doing business with the company. ...
The participants were taught on the RSPO 2018 Principles and criteria, National Interpretation of RSPO among others areas of RSPO.
It is the tradition of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc. to embark on annual training and retraining of its staff, contractors and community representatives.

OKOMU TO MENTOR SMALLHOLDERS FARMERS

In a bid to finalizing its plans in creating smallholder farmers’ linkage and engagement in its neighboring communities, Okomu oil palm company Plc has entered into partnership with two associations namely, Market Development Programme in the Niger Delta, (MADE) and Terra Agric.
At the inaugural meeting chaired by the Managing Director, Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc., Dr Graham Hefer and had in attendance the Company’s Agric Coordinator, Billy Ghansah, as well as representatives of MADE and Terra Agric, the theme explored the prospects and challenges likely to confronts the smallholder farmers....
Dr Graham Hefer asserted that smallholder’s scheme is designed to encourage the people in the neighboring communities to venture into agriculture. According to him, his passion for the development of the neighboring communities, made him to personally embark on regular engagement with them so as to know the major challenges of the people of the areas.
He added that the improve collaboration between Okomu and its partners in the smallholder project will create a business model that will improve access to market for the farmers and Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) supply to Okomu.
Agric. Coordinator OOPC, Billy Ghansah explained to the partners the benefits of the smallholders project noting that this will help improve the revenue of farmers already in oil palm farming as well as encourage others to venture into it. Under this arrangement, Okomu will provide mentorship amongst other assistance to the smallholders.

OKOMU BAGS AWARD FOR ADHERENCE TO IMMIGRATION LAWS

Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc. has received the 2018 Immigration award for excellence for adherence to immigration rules and procedures. The recognition came from the Edo State command of the Nigeria Immigration Service at its 2018 End of Year Dinner Party and Award night held in Benin City on 26 th January 2019.
Presenting the Award to the Managing Director, OOPC, Dr. Graham Hefer, Comptroller, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Edo State Command said the award became imperative due to the company’s adherence to immigration extant rules and regulations.
The State Immigration Boss said the company operates policies that are in consonance with the immigration rules of the country and urged other Multi-National companies to emulate Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc. Dr. Hefer was represented at the occasion by Ms Susan Iwelu.

OKOMU OIL EMPOWERS 36 STUDENTS WITH BURSARY AWARD

THIRTY-SIX students drawn from 19 communities have benefited from the Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc annual bursary scheme for the year 2018.
The annual bursary scheme was instituted to assist students in the tertiary institutions and to encourage students to be serious with their studies. The bursary scheme is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries, Managing Director, Okomu Oil Palm Company, Dr. Graham Hefer said the company has in the past years embarked on this bursary to indigenous students to improve the level of education in the various communities. ...Dr. Hefer said the company has constantly improved on the packages yearly and urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the bursary while reiterating the company’s commitment to assisting in the development of its neighboring communities.
He added that the company in 2018 has completed various projects in over 15 communities raging from market stalls, grading of earth roads, building of staff quarters, industrial boreholes, and construction of town halls among others and asked the communities to protect the various projects.
Some of the beneficiaries of the bursary award including Osaro Kelly from Odiguetue and Omorogbe Emmanuella from Irhue communities appreciated the management of the company for the annual bursary award which they say will go a long way in assisting them academically.
The company had earlier organized a one day training/interactive session for representatives of its neighboring communities to educate them on the need for a mutual beneficial relationship between communities and the company.
Barrister Osazee Ojo who was the Guest lecturer at the occasion, spoke on took the Rights, Privileges and Communication/Social Dialogue in Community-Company Relations According to him, it is important to distinguish between what constitute right and privilege in community- Company relations. Furthermore, there is no alternative to social dialogue as such dialogue tends to increase mutual awareness and cement the relationship between the communities and the company. The training/interactive session was attend over 62 representatives from 22 communities

OKOMU COMMEMORATE THE WORLD HEALTH DAY 2018

Okomu joins the whole world to commemorate the World Health Day 2018 as we continue to provide good health and adequate medical services to our workers and their families through the provision of a Clinic and dispensaries across our concessions (26,363 consultations in 2016) which is also open to surrounding communities. We provide 3 standby ambulances for timely responses to emergencies with up to 12 medical personnel which helps to achieve this year theme of Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.' #HealthForAll #WorldHealthDay

GOV. OBASEKI COMMISSIONS OKOMU OIL PALM COMPANY PLC NEW PLANTATION

The Okomu Oil Palm Company’s new plantation referred to as Extension 2 was on the 14th March 2018, commissioned by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The commissioning of the of 11,416 HA plantation was witnessed by the cream of the society which include captains of Industries, offices of the Nigerian Army, Police, Immigration, NDLEA,NSCDC, National Park, representatives from Ten (10) neighbouring communities.

Other stakeholders present during the commissioning ceremony include shareholders, Regulatory agencies, Workers’ Union Executives amongst others.

The Company's New Plantation

The Company's new plantation referred to as Extension 2 will be commissioned by His Excellency Governor Godwin Obaseki on the the 14th of March 2018. Other details will be made known in due course