By Egufe Yafugborhi
WARRI— HOST communities to Oil Mining Lease, OML, 30, in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State have vowed to shut in operations of the oil field’s new operator, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, should it fail to put in place a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with the communities within 14 days.
The threat was contained in an SOS message to the company by representatives of the 12 host communities chaired by Michael Idiovwa and Power Oghre, under the aegis of the Oil and Gas Producing Communities in Orogun.
They said: “It is sad enough that Shell Petroleum Development Company, divested from OML 30 without honouring the communities’ agitation for recognition in the exercise, payment of rent arrears and leases and remediation of their environment, among other grievances.”
A senior public affairs official of the company, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “The draft negotiated GMoU with the communities is ready.
“It is a process involving the state government’s accent and hopefully it will cement the relationship between both parties.
“Nobody is undermining the host communities on operations at OML 30.”