Tullow Oil employs residents for Turakana operations in Kenya

oilfield kenya-edwin steele flickrThe company said that its contractors employed approximately 1,278 local Turkana across its operations in January 2013. (Image source: Edwin Steele/Flickr)UK explorer Tullow Oil has employed 80 per cent of Turkana’s local residents for operations in the Kenyan region inorder to prevent job-related confrontations again

The company had, in October 2013, temporarily halted operations in Block 10BB and Block 13T in Turkana East and Turkana South sub-counties as a precautionary measure and to put an end to the locals’ demonstrations while the matter is resolved.

“Tullow confirms that there have been a number of demonstrations at Tullow Oil-operated sites in Northern Kenya regarding local concerns around employment,” a company representative explained.

“The priority at the moment is to ensure the safety and security of our staff,” he added.

The company now said that it has started the implementation of a return-to-work agreement signed between it and the government in the presence of local leaders.
Tullow Oil said it has increased its social investment budget to US$4.5mn in 2014 from US$981,520 before the MoU was signed. The MoU required that the company double its corporate social responsibility (CSR) provision immediately.

“The projects selected are driven by community needs and are agreed upon as a result of a consultative process with the community and other stakeholders,” said Tullow Oil to local daily Star.

The company said that its contractors employed approximately 1,278 local Turkana across its operations in January this year.

It said 80 per cent of all semi-skilled workforce were local Turkana, with 99 per cent of all unskilled workforce being locals.

“Employing local nationals is a core pillar of how we build capacity for a nascent oil industry,” the company said, adding that it is working with the government to develop plans to build the required skills base in the country.

The explorer added it is working with contractors to ensure local opportunities are maximised while encouraging them to procure goods and services from local businesses including the hiring of motor vehicles.

Tullow Oil has opened three new community resource offices in Lokichar, Lodwar and Lokori and would be manned by community communications teams, employed from the local communities.

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