By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Fifteen host communities to Oil Mining License (OML) 42 in Delta State have appealed passionately to the Federal Government of Nigeria, to wade into the plight faced by the various communities.
The host communities made the appeal through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in a communique signed by Chief Johnny Aribogha, for Odidi community, Isaac Aleisa, Diebiri Batan community, Victor Tonlaghan, Egwa 1, Deacon Tekedo, for Tekedo Kusini community, comprising Egwa II oil field and Comrade Amoda Jimoh, for Eweregbene community.
The group said that, “the communities have been neglected for too long, noting that efforts should be made to sustain oil bearing areas to survive and not to die.
The spoke person of the communities, Jones Creek, chairman of the body, Chief Johnny Aribogha, urged the NNPC to mandate the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) to operate and pay community workers and contractors.
“To save OML 42 from doom, the only option is to allow NPDC to take over the operation of the body and remit the 45% to the Joint Venture (JV) partner (NECONDE Energy Limited).
“This will enable NPDC to settle all the communitie problems or issues, especially the payment of community workers, contractors and also give them the freedom to operate, the embittered representative in a statement said”.
“We also expressed dismay over the non-payment Of both contractors and workers, we are lamenting that all the operations in all OML 42 have been shutdown for a week now.
“We also pleading with the Federal Government, NNPC top management and even the state government to come together to rescue the ugly situation, as we the communities representative noted that if this is done there will be further development in all the areas involved.”