IPC on November 3, 2004 turned its attention to ExxonMobil with the letter calling on the multinational corporation to relocate its administrative headquarters from Lagos to Akwa Ibom State. And on March 24, 2005, IPC received a response from the ExxonMobil's corporate office in Houston, Texas stating inter alia:
"...Despite having its headquarters in Lagos, the majority of MPN's (Mobil Producing Nigeria) business activity is centered in Akwa Ibom. MPN's operational headquarters are in QIT, Ibeno, where about 80 percent of MPN's employees are based. MPN also has a liaison office in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom, to facilitate interactions with the state government."
"Additionally, the majority of our community assistance is focused on Akwa Ibom. Another consideration is that MPN participates in a joint venture in which the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) has a 60 percent interest. Hence, the majority of any relocation costs would be primarily borne by NNPC..."
We believe above and any other reasons given by ExxonMobil for its refusal to relocate to Akwa Ibom are baseless.
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