By Tare Youdeowei
Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas, HOSTCOM, Ijaw ethnic nationality, has hailed the Federal Government over the directive to the International Oil Companies, to relocate their headquarters to their states of operations to mitigate tension in host communities.
Speaking in Warri, Delta State, Chairman of HOSTCOM, Delta State, Kingsley Ikiere, described the directive as a welcome development, adding that it was one of the best decisions so far taken by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “We want to strongly commend the President Buhari-led government over the directive to International Oil Companies to relocate their headquarters to the Niger Delta region. This is a bold and wise decision. It goes to show that this is a listening government that must be supported by all and sundry to succeed. We want to applaud this fearless government for having a listening ear. We must say that this is one of the best decisions ever taken by the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government. The people of the oil rich region have been agitating for this and we are glad that the long awaited directive from government has been given.”
Ikiere called on the people of the region to give peace a chance and support the new deal being proposed for the oil rich region by the Federal Government.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had, at a town hall meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, last week during his continuation visit to the region to dialogue with stakeholders, directed International Oil Companies operating in the Niger Delta region to relocate their headquarters to their states of operations in the region.