Deal #3100

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Benin City, Nigeria

Latitude
6.405273822473318
Longitude
5.259050455078068
Target country
Nigeria
Comment on location
The Okomu estate is located in Edo State, near the Okomu Forest Reserve and Osse River.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
33096.0
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2010] 21696
Size in operation (production, in ha)
[2010] 15629
[2013] 17290
[2014] 18373
Comment on land area
9718 ha planted with palm oil and 7572 ha planted with rubber in 2013. 10 387ha of palm oil and 7986ha of rubber planted in 2014. Another data source states 30 000ha size under contract.

Intention of investment

Intention of the investment
Food crops, Non-food agricultural commodities, Agriculture unspecified

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Outright Purchase

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[1990] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
Privatisation of the Okomu Oil Palm Company. Another data source states the company acquired the lease in 1991.

Implementation status

Implementation status
[1976] In operation (production)

Contract farming

Contract farming
No
Comment on contract farming
OKOMU OPC contemplates establishing a smallholders’ programme.

Contract #1

Duration of the agreement (in years)
99

Number of domestic jobs created

Jobs created (domestic)
Yes
Current number of employees (domestic)
800
[2013] 693

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Data source #1

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #2

Data source type
Company sources
File
Comment on data source
Socfin annual report 2011

Data source #3

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
Grain- Planet palm oil, September 2014

Data source #4

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #5

Data source type
Company sources
File
Comment on data source
Okomu Oil Palm Company website

Data source #6

Data source type
Company sources
File
Comment on data source
Socfin 2014 sustainability report

Data source #7

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
New Alliance, New Risk of Land Grabs, Action Aid, May 2015

Data source #8

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
File
Comment on data source
The Land Use Monitor Initiative

Data source #9

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2017-08-09
Comment on data source
The March against Land Grabs

Data source #10

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
File
Date
2019-05-17
Comment on data source
Letter from the affected community to the company

Data source #11

Data source type
Company sources
File
Publication title
CSR projects for your community from Okomu Oil Palm Company for 2019
Date
2019-04-11

Consultation of local community

Comment on consultation of local community
"Some reports suggest that the Makilolo Community in Edo state is locked in a dispute with Okomu over previous forced evictions and access to lost farming land"

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection
Comment on community reaction
Several farmers from communities are currently fighting with Okomu Oil Palm Plc over alleged encroachment of their farm lands for agriculture. The land in dispute covers 13,750 hectares spread in Okomu Village, Agbede, IK Camp, Makilolo, Memo, Oweike, Aibiosi, Sobe, Uhiere, Owan, Ugbebezi, Oke-Ora, Ekpan, One, Atorunu, Ogbetu, Umokpe, Orhua, Ozalla, Sabongida Ora, Odiguete, Agudezi, Uhunmora, Uzebba, Odighi and others. The Edo State Government revoked the land in a Gazette dated November 5, 2015. The land in question was originally allotted to Iyayi Group of Companies for the purpose of planting trees, who in turn allegedly sold it to Okomu Oil.

Displacement of people

Comment on displacement of people
"Some reports suggest that the Makilolo community in Edo state is locked in a dispute with Okomu over previous forced evictions and access to lost farming land"

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Education
Productive infrastructure (e.g. irrigation, tractors, machinery...)
Capacity Building
Other
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
Boreholes, community hall, skills building, study bursaries,

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State
Comment on former land owner
established in 1976

Former land use

Former land use
Commercial (large-scale) agriculture

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland
Comment on former land cover
Original area of 15,580 hectares out of which 12,500 hectares could be planted with oil palm

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Oil Palm, Rubber tree

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
Milling and production of rubber and palm oil- for cooking oil. 1 oil mill and 1 palm oil crusher. 1 rubber plant.

Overall comment

Overall comment
The company has another plantation in Edo State (#4555)

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