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Abide by agreement, host communities tell Shell, NAOC

By Emma Arubi
WARRI — THE Federal government has been charged to direct Shell Petroleum Develop-ment Company (SPDC) and Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) to abide by the agreements reached with their host communities for the sake of peace and cordial industrial relationship.

Specifically, the Ijaw communities of Oriyagbene and Oyangbene as well as Otujeremi community in Delta State and Ogbotubo and Agbayama in Bayelsa State, have called on the Presidency to intervene on the alleged violation of compensation agreement reached over land damages some  years ago.

The communities, in a statement signed by Alhaji Asaba Babadetua, stated that they could no longer guarantee the safety of the companies’ operations in their areas, noting that moves were already on to shut down their businesses.

Similarly, a 14-day ultimaum had been issued NAOC to honour its agreement with the Labobulouseigha community before starting operation in its Grangbene Deep A location project in Burutu local government area of Delta State.

Ex-militant leader, Oyimi One, who issued the warning, said there would be trouble if the company reneged on its promise to the people.

Adding that AGIP would have to bear the consequences of breaches by its sub-contractors, especially Beks –Kem Nigeria Limited, or consider abandoning the projects entirely.

The repentant ex-warlord from the dreaded camp 5, headed by High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, said the contractor had been neglecting the people for the past four months, expressing regret that such bare-faced cheating would succeed any longer in this new era and that nobody should take the peace initiative of the state government for granted.

The ex-general, therefore, charged all persons of goodwill to prevail on Beks-Kem and Agip to abide by all agreements reached with the Labobulouseigha people for peaceful and harmonious relationship.


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