By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”THE Special Adviser to Delta State governor on oil and gas, Mr. David Ekereokosu, has called for greater cooperation and partnership between Deltans and oil companies operating in the state.
He said the state government was establishing a one-stop shop where every information on oil and gas production in the state could be collected easily upon request.
Ekereokosu, who made the call when he played host to the management of an indigenous oil firm in the state, Midwestern Oil and Gas Company, said the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, was encouraging greater interest in oil business in the state.
According to him, the governor is closely monitoring the Petroleum Industry Bill before the National Assembly to ensure that every aspect of it protects the interest of oil bearing communities.
He said the one-stop shop was an effort towards providing a data bank for oil and gas facilities and operations in the state.
Adding that the data bank would contain such information as the number of oil wells, pipelines, gas plants and other information in the oil industry.
Appealing to stakeholders in oil and gas business to support the determination of the state government to return the state to number one position among oil producing states, Ekereokosu said the state government would continue to be responsive to the yearnings and aspirations of oil bearing communities in the state.
Presenting three desktop computers, a laptop computer and two deskjet printers to the office of the special adviser to facilitate the one-shop project, the Managing Director of Midwest Oil and Gas Company, Engr.
Adam Okoene, commended the visionary leadership of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and the effort of Ekereokosu to ensure a peaceful co-existence between oil companies and their host communities.