ByÂ Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”THE Delta State government says its commitment to the growth and development of oil bearing communities would be better achieved with the support and cooperation of all stakeholders.
The state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, represented by his Special Adviser on Oil and Gas, Mr. David Ekereokosu, at a meeting with the state chapter of Host Communities of Nigeria, said no oil bearing community would be shortchanged in projects and programmes of the state government for oil bearing communities.
Ekereokosu stated that the Niger Delta issue has remained in the front burner because of oil and gas, adding that it was not out of place to agitate that some percentage of proceeds from the oil resources be used to develop the host communities.
He disclosed that a lot of steps were being taken by the state government to reposition DESOPADEC for better performance and challenged the host communities to continue to make positive input to the growth of the commission.
Ekereokosu also commended the body for the peaceful approach to the issues raised in their address and promised to communicate same to the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Earlier in their address, the Host Communities of Nigeria, Delta State Chapter, in a seven page document addressed to the governor and signed by Mr. Benjamin Iwetan and Dr. Peter Ogedegbe, chairman and secretary respectively of the body, listed a number of issues most of which were centered on the need for sustained development of the oil producing communities.
The body raised several allegations against DESOPADEC and urged the governor to call the management to order. It also requested for better representation of host communities in the management of oil wealth from their land.