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Community denies halting operations at OML 56

By Festus Ahon

UGHELLI—Emu-Ebendo indigenes in Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State, under the auspices of Emu-Ebendo Community Association, yesterday, said it did not stop the proposed drilling contract of Energia Limited, operators of Emu-Ebendo oil well in Oil Mining Lease, OML, 56.

Reiterating that they never threatened the lives of workers of the company, the community alleged that the oil well was erroneously named Obodugwa Oil Field.

The people, who were reacting to recent media report, described the publication as untrue, insisting that the company had a working Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the community on the drilling job.

The association, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Friday Ndubisi, said: “The community participated fully to get the rig base ready to enable the critical operation boost the production of the company.”

According to them, the sole host community status of Emu-Ebendo was bestowed on them by a Supreme Court judgment in suit SC/80/1997.

They added that the change of the oil field’s name to Emu-Ebendo oil was “legitimate, just and irrevocable demand by the host community.”


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