Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) Unlimited, operator of NNPC/MPN Joint Venture has denied ever refusing to obey any summon from the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly including government agencies in the course of its oil drilling, exploration and exploitation in the state.
The Manager, Public and Government Affairs of the oil giant at the Qua Iboe Terminal (QIT), Ibeno, Mr. Akaninyene Esiere, offered the explanation while receiving members of the House Committee on Environment from the Assembly during a fact finding visit to the operational base of the oil firm.
Esiere also added that the oil major had never asked any of its sub-contractor to disobey orders and summons emanating from the Assembly or any other government agency in the state on any clarification bordering on the activities of oil company.
Mobil, he said, had always honoured invitations from government agencies and would continue to do so, stressing that if Mobil honours summons from government officials, there was no reason or justification on why the company would advice its sub-contractors not to follow the same step.
Esiere said NNPC /MPN joint venture has always been environmentally conscious and will continue to work towards the protection of the environment in the course of its operation.
According to him, MPN is not only thinking of clean and safe environment but has always done many things possible to protect the environment as the company adopts “protect tomorrow, today initiative” approach in interacting with enviroment.
On the August 11, 2012 oil spill, Mr. Edet Essien, from Safety Health and Environment (SHES) department of Mobil, said the investigation had not shown that the crude oil was from ExxonMobil hence the reason the company cannot pay compensation for the spillages.
He explained that the company took the clean up responsibility as a sign of a responsive corporate citizen and as demanded by law.
Speaking earlier, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly had expressed the readiness to partner with MPN to better the lots of the people and to protect the environment.