By Tare Youdeowei
Host communities in Cluster 2 (Eriemu oilfield) in OML30, have pledged to ensure adequate security and protection of oil facilities in the oilfield, provided that the operator, Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited, HEOSL, responds to their demand for an upward review of security contracts, employment of more security workers with better incentives and increment in salary.
Mr. Augustine Akpubi, Chairman, Cluster 2, who spoke yesterday, at the Heritage/Clusters Engagement meeting at Gana-Agbarha, also tasked Heritage to, as soon as possible, activate well-heads in Cluster 2, to boost production from the cluster.
Akpubi said: “The OML30 Global Memorandum of Understanding expired in September 2017 and a review exercise of the GMoU should commence before end of 2017. We also demand for our GMoU projects for 2016 and 2017, as well as capacity building/ workshop for leaders of host communities.”
The communities also demanded for prompt payment of scholarship funds, execution and completion of the quick-win projects before end of 2017 and the engagement of indigenous contractors with proven track records, in line with the Local Content Act.
In his response, the Manager, Government/Community Relations, HEOSL, Mr. Funkakpo Fufeyin, assured that the company will look into the demands of Cluster 2, and urged the communities to remain peaceful and friendly with Heritage.