BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
WARRI: 111 host communities of OML 30 in Delta state have threatened to shut down the oil field if it operators dare go ahead with its alleged plan to introduce a Non Governmental Organisation, NGO, as it representative to review the existing Memorandum of Understanding MoU with the communities.
Rising from a meeting of the OML 30 Community Development Board and Community Representative Committee ( cluster President Generals and Secretaries ) the Chairman of the board, Hon Morris Idiovwa, flanked by others said operators of the oil field should go into direct discussion with the host communities.
“We will not tolerate any discussion through a third party, an NGO. As host communities we have resolved that we will discuss directly with operators of the oil field in our communities. We suffer the pains of pollution”, he said.
The communities in a press statement also made available to newsmen signed by twelve President Generals representing the 111 cluster communities of the oil field among whom were Chief James Obeowe, Chief Victor Ohare, and Pastor Philip Fianca also expressed worries with alleged delay by operator of the oil field to pay community contractors rendering various services to the firm, adding that the delay also in implementing portions of the MoU bothering on scholarship for children of the host communities and related matters heightened tension in the communities.
“Delay in the payment to community contractors rendering various services to the firm operating the oil field has heightened the tension in the field. In December, 2017, workers across OML30 were not paid and therefore could not enjoy the Christmas as they should. This resulted in protest across the fields. Delay in fulfilling terms of agreement reached with host communities on scholarship , MOU matters also caused tension in communities
In conclusion after due consideration and appraisal of the present state of affairs in OML 30, we have taken the stand that we do not want in our land, and we will not welcome activities of any consultant whether engaged by NPDC, Shoreline, Heritage or Salvic in our communities”, they said.