NIGER Delta oil-rich coastal communities of Ojobo, Ogbotobo and Tarakiri Cluster Development Board, TCDB, comprising Egbemo, Angalabiri, Ojobo, Ogbotobo, Agbayama, Agbidiama and other satellite communities, both in Burutu and Ekeremo Local Government Areas of Delta and Bayelsa States, have said that there was no time they issued quit notice to Saipem and other oil firms operating in their localities.
The communities stated that they were neither at war with the Italian oil firm, Saipem, nor any other company presently executing projects at the ongoing Southern Swamp Associated Gas Solution Project, SSAGS, warning that those fanning the embers of war between the communities and oil firms to desist.
In separate statements in Warri, weekend, by Chief Bekewei Warekromor (Amananaowei of Ojobo community), Tari Areprekumo (Chairman, Ojobo community), Chief Perry George (Ogbotobo CT Chairman) and Dr. Prince Jude Ebibokefie (Chairman, TCDB), the community leaders clarified that there were no contractual irregularities between them and Saipem.
They claimed that they had never been denied whatever was due to their communities since the project commenced, adding that those threatening to shut down oil installations in the area under the pretence of breach in contractual agreements were mere mischief makers.
“As a people, we did not at any time request or call on Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, to stop Saipem from handling its oil and gas projects within our communities,” they said.