A non-governmental-organisation (NGO), CLEEN Foundation, advised Abia oil communities to shun all forms of violence and confrontation in their agitations. They also inaugurated committees to track human rights abuses in two Abia oil communities
The communities are Umuorie and Owaza, both in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State. Inaugurating the committees during sensitisation workshops on Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights, Mr. Ifeanyi Anyanwu, a programme officer of the foundation, said that the essence of the committees is to track human rights abuses by security agencies attached to oil companies operating within their localities.
He said that the committees would be interfacing with CLEEN Foundation periodically to review the reports of the human rights abuses and look for ways of addressing them.
Anyanwu, in his presentation highlighted the potential benefits of voluntary principles to include promotion of respect for human rights; encouragement of communities participation in security arrangement of companies operating in their communities; contribute to bringing the gap in the relationship between members of the host communities; promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through regular consultation of the host communities.