Integrated Oil & Gas yet to start construction at proposed Industrial Park site-- Iheanacho

Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman, Integrated Oil&Gas Ltd.

Chairman of Integrated Oil and Gas Ltd. Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, has refuted the allegation of having started construction works at the Tomaro community, proposed site for the company’s industrial park.

He described as ‘malicious' and an attempt to smear his reputation, a petition that said the company had started dredging the site to the detriment of the community inhabitants.

Members of Onisiwo Community at a meeting with the company and environment department in Alausa, Lagos

 He frown completely at the development, as according to him, the project was only still at the Environmental Impact Assessment(EIA) stage that is being handled by a professional consultant.

Iheanacho expressed disgust over the allegation while briefing newsmen at a joint stakeholders meeting including members of the Onisiwo communities, on the issues that had made the rounds in some media lately.

He said, “We are here to refute the completely untrue allegations passed in the press in the past two months. I thank all those who have been here since yesterday.

“This allegation was by certain Mr Raymond Gold and one Ms Tina Armstrong, who says she is a freelance reporter. They absolutely told lies about the project.

 “The first lie they told was that we had started working and that there were a lot of machineries there, but we just started the EIA process, which is still ongoing.

“DPR licensing office does not allow you start anything until you meet all their set standards and you are given the licence to begin to construct.

On the allegation that we were dredging, we investigated and found that they went to different sites all over Lagos; Ijegun, ogogoro village take pictures and say it was our site.

“But the community members are here to confirm if any such project has taken place there,” he said.

Iheanacho also refuted claims that he had threatened somebody, and described it as a ploy to tarnish his image.

He wondered that even the existing dredgers in the area being used to dredge consistently over 20 years had not impacted on the communities negatively.

Iheanacho said that rather than the fears the unfounded allegations tried to illicit, the project would bring about development to the communities and make available to them basic amenities for their use.

“We have a few investments which we intend to put on Tomaro Island. With this project, we are trying to change the way things are done in this sub-sector.

“Rather than import refined products, we are finding ways of being able to refine our oil.

“We are determined to provide employment and are determined that whatever challenges we face we are going to work to give meaning to lives in our locality, not just being a country that sits down there exporting crude , leaving our people jobless and hungry.

“With the project in Tomaro Island, we are trying to create value for our economy and any right-thinking Nigerian will absolutely support it,” he said.