By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Bayelsa State Government has sealed off the premises of Gbaran Ubie Integrated Oil and Gas facility, owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC.
According to the state government, the facility was built without a building permit (called development permit) as required by law.
A statement, yesterday, by Executive Secretary of Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board, Chief Boro Ige-Edaba, said that the sealing off of the company located at Gbarantoru in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state, followed an eviction order issued by the state High Court in Yenagoa.
According to the statement, the eviction order granted the state government leave to effect the eviction of SPDC and all occupants of the premises to enable the Physical Planning and Development Board conduct environmental, health, technical integrity and safety checks on the facility.
The court, the statement added, also directed the Commissioner of Police, the Commander of the Joint Task Force, JTF and all security agencies to facilitate the enforcement of the eviction.
Ige-Edaba said, “The Gbaran Ubie facility was developed by Shell on a two million square metres of land (more than half of Lagos Island) in Bayelsa State without a development permit contrary to the provisions of the law and commissioned in 2010 despite subsisting stop-work order and notice to discontinue the development without the permit.”