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Published On: Thu, Oct 24th, 2019

Be fair to host communities, Gov, Okowa urges oil coys

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From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

For a peaceful environment that will guarantee uninterrupted oil production in the country, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has urged oil companies to be fair and just in their dealings with host communities.
The governor made the call in Asaba on Wednesday at a stakeholders meeting to resolve a petition to the Delta State government by Olomoro community, in Isoko South Local Government Area of the State over oil prospecting issues.
The community which is one of the host communities to OML 30 had petitioned the state government over non consideration of indigenes in award of contracts; non-renewal of Freedom To Operate (FTO) by contracting firms, employment of indigenes and delay in payment of General Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) funds by Heritage Energy, operators of the marginal field.
Governor Okowa represented by the State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emmanuel Amgbaduba in an intervention meeting with stakeholders ordered Heritage Energy to renew the FTO within 72 hours and ensure adequate funding of the GMoU on or before 1st of December, 2019 and consideration of indigenes when there is vacancy.
The Governor however warned communities against blocking of roads, unnecessary protests without first writing to the State Government through the Ministry of Oil and Gas.

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