THE Director, Sustainability, External Affairs and Local Content at Tullow Ghana Limited (TGL), Ms Cynthia Lumor, has reiterated the company’s belief in stakeholder management as part of doing good business.
Thus, she said on an annual basis TGL engages traditional leaders (chiefs and queen mothers).
A media release issued by the company quoted Ms Lumor as stating that “the reason is, the chiefs are the custodians of the land in which we base a lot of our operations. We update them every year on what is happening with the company and in the industry, and then listen to their concerns.
Speaking during a stakeholder engagement in the Western Region recently, she said the stakeholder forums were held as part of efforts to forge and strengthen its relationship with the people in the communities it operated in.
Present at the forum were executives of TGL, members of the Western Region House of Chiefs.
President of the Western Region House of Chiefs, Ogyeahohoo Gyebi II, said: “Stronger engagement and collaboration is needed to forge a lasting relationship with exploring companies such as Tullow. Effective discussions with the people is necessary to help avert conflict with resource communities and exploring companies and ensures that development in these communities is attained.”
The forum gave both parties the opportunity to assess projects the company is undertaking and to seek inputs from the chiefs on how to improve on them and to share information on Tullow’s operations.
The release said TGL, since it began its operations in the country, had remained committed to the six coastal districts in the Western Region.
This it does through constant engagement with its stakeholders as well as various social economic initiative projects and programmes that are aimed at adding value to the lives of the people living in the communities it operates in.
Tullow’s social economic initiatives are centred on education, health, water, sanitation and infrastructure and also undertakes activities at the national level.
As part of plans to strengthen the relationship between the company and the people, Tullow instituted the annual engagement with chiefs and queen mothers in the Western Region.