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Delta govt commends oil firms over community devt

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—PLATFORM Petroleum Limited, operators of Umutu/Asuokpu marginal oil field in Ukwuani local government area of Delta State and their partner, Newcross Petroleum Limited, have been commended for effectively enhancing developmental process in their host communities through the realistic implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U) entered into with their hosts.

Giving the commendation, the Special Adviser to the state governor on Oil and Gas matters, Mr. David Ekereokosu, thanked members of host communities for their peaceful disposition.

He asked them to keep it up, as government on its part would make sure they derived whatever benefit that was due them at all times and told them to remain peaceful and law-abiding.

Projects commissioned include an ultra-modern town hall, four water projects with running cost on the companies, street lights, purchase and presentation of hospital equipment and drugs to Ilogoli cottage hospital, Obi-Iloh.

Earlier in an address on behalf of the joint ventureship, the Public Affairs Officer of Platform Petroleum Limited, Mr.Anionye Eka-Iloma, said the commissioned projects were a partial fulfilment of the M.O.U signed with the host communities three years ago and added that concerted efforts were on to complete on-going projects within the shortest possible time.

He thanked members of the host communities and other stakeholders in Ukwuani local government area for creating the enabling environment for their smooth operations.
Ekereokosu urged them not to equate the companies to majors in the oil industry, as theirs was marginal with minimum output.

Responding on behalf of host the communities, the chairman of Oil and Gas committee of Ilogoli Community, Mr. Humphrey Uzuakpundu, appealed to the special adviser to prevail on DESOPADEC and NDDC in the area of employment of indigenes of Ukwuani.

He said this was necessary, as oil production started two years ago in the area.
He also appealed to Platform Petroleum to complete the remaining project as well as consider their qualified youths for employment.


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