By Jimitota Onoyume
WARRI— FEDERAL Government has been told to productively engage communities in securing oil facilities in the Niger Delta region against oil theft and vandalism.
A communiqué by Host Communities of Nigeria Producing oil and Gas, HOSTCOM, at the end of its national meeting in Warri, Delta State by the acting National Chairman, Chief Benjamin Style and National Secretary, Ibinabo Sanipe, said oil bearing communities should be made to be actively involved in the crusade against oil theft.
At the meeting, the amended constitution of the body was also ratified and offices zoned.
Earlier in his address, acting national chairman, Chief Benjamin, urged members to be actively involved in the drive to achieve enduring peace in oil bearing communities, adding that the body will handle pipeline surveillance jobs in the region.
He said: “Pipeline surveillance belongs to HOSTCOM and high powered delegation will be constituted to liaise with NNPC and the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources for effective collaboration.”
He added that the body will create chapters in states yet to have HOSTCOM in the Niger Delta, noting that state governments and Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, will assist to fund the body.
He said Pan Niger Delta Congress, PANDEF, was already working with HOSCOM to drive the vision of peace in the Niger Delta region, adding that retired army generals should also come up to be part of HOSTCOM and come up with ideas on how to sustain the new atmosphere of peace in the region.