Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

400 families are set to join existing 500 families from the host communities of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited, enjoying the health insurance scheme of Elano Investments Limited.

The Chairman of Elano Investments Limited, Chief Gomba Okanje, disclosed this in Port Harcourt after the resolution of the crisis of confidence between the management board of the company and some aggrieved stakeholders of the host communities.

He said having effectively delivered on the pilot scheme of the health insurance scheme, Elano was moving on to the second phase involving 400 families. “We started with a pilot scheme of 500 families at six members per family. The second batch is now ready,” he said.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, had given the board a clean bill of health after investigations he commissioned found out that the board had not been in breach of its obligation to its stakeholders.

Elano is a community-based company mandated to manage the dividends accruing to the host communities of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited. The communities are Akpakpan, Njuru, Agbonchia, Okerewa, Aleto, Akpajo and Elelenwo.

Its mandate also includes investing in infrastructure, social amenities, healthcare, education and profitable ventures to fulfill the objectives of setting up the company.

Following the amicable resolution of the crisis by the IGP, the Elano Board Chairman appealed to the aggrieved stakeholders to join hands with the company to develop the communities.

Okanje said contrary to the impression put out by some of the aggrieved stakeholders, the board of Elano was working in harmony with all the communities and had not been hijacked by anyone.

“The communities put up support. All the chiefs are members of the Elano Board. It was only politicians that wanted to hijack the processes. But we have asked them to play their politics and leave us out of politics. We are not politicians. We are people that keep to our promises. And we are keeping our words to our stakeholders,” he declared.