By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The Oil Gas Pipelines Host and Impacted Communities Surveillance Forum SEPLAT OML 4, 38 and 41, has given a 21-day ultimatum to the management of SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc to address some basic issues contain in the communiqué given to the company or face the consequences.
This decision was the outcome of a joint meeting in a communiqué issued in Sapele local government area of Delta States and signed by all the chairmen of the host and impacted communities where SEPLAT operates. It states that, the job of community pipelines surveillance are single source and the various surveillance contracts and Idigenous contracts belongs to the community and as such, can not be awarded to other contractors as this might lead to unnecessary stirfe, rivalry in the various communities where SEPLAT operates.
Expressing dissatisfaction at the attitude of SEPLAT, the President of the Forum, Mr. Samson Kekakpor and other all the chairmen of the host communities, described the company’s action as unacceptable.
It was gathered that, the forum while demanding the upward review of salaries of surveillance guards to One hundred and fifty thousand naira monthly as against the Twenty Five Thousand and Forty Eight Thousand Naira, also demands the increment of salary of access control and fire men who are contract staffs respectively paid by SEPLAT for the past seven Years, unequivocally resolved that, SEPLAT must adhere to the GMOU signed in OML 4, 38 and 41 between SEPLAT Development Company Plc, Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) Limited and the Hosts Communities in 2016.
Similarly, the forum who said that SEPLAT should relocate its Headquarters to the Niger Delta Region where it operates in line with Vice President Osibanjo’s directives, demands the immediate implementation of the Local Content Act in Projects Execution; noting that, the practice of using external/surrogates to execute projects in their host communities, is totally unacceptable by the group.
Other issues raised include: the company should withdraw the RFQ, SEPLAT current mood of payment is grossly inappropriate, grass cutting be made a separate contracts because of the hazards associated with it, contract staffs from host communities be converted to SEPLAT direct employees, SEPLAT to pay Ten Million Naira annually as Derivation and other issues raised by the following chairmen from the host and impacted communities: Mr. Bright Agbroko, Irhodo -Jesse community, Mr. Sunday Mietehe, Ogirisen- Elume, Alex Egbaran , Jakpa- Mereje, Chief Col. C.O Akporoka Rtd, Mosogar. Others include: Ushawumi James, Ituru-Elume, Kojo Esobiebi, Irama, Emmanuel Matemi, Mereje, Emmanuel Enughure, Igbeku community, Mr. Napoleon Idabor, Boboroku-Jesse, Osifo Samson, Edeje-Jesse, Godwin Okpetanure, Ejekimoni, Miemie Ufuoma Edwin, Ughoton, Tobore Ajisha, Ugbokodo, Chief Hon. Godwin Okpako, Amukpe, Davidson Ameye, Ugborhen, Ovuakporaye Ogaga, Okunigho, Imoyi Brien, Otefe, Onojighofe Johnbull, Okuogbaye, Mr. Omabene Retainer, Okuno and Mr. Deniran Godday from Ugbukurusu community among others.