OML 30: Delta Communities Shutdown Heritage Energy Facilities Over Non-payment Of Entitlements

    Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State


    Indigenes of Erhoike, a harnlet in  Kokori Community in Ethiope-East Local Government Area of Delta State during a peaceful protest on Tuesday shutdown oil facilities belonging to Heritage Energy Operational Service Limited,HEOSL in Kokori/Orogun Oil field over non-payment of agreed land lease owed them by the oil firm.

    The indigenes of the Community said the oil facilities will remain shutdown until their entitlement is paid to them.

    The indigenes of the Community came under the auspices of the cluster 4 Oil bearing communities in OML 30 led by Executive and members of Community Management Committee,CMC including Chairmen and other members of CDC in each of the Oil Producing Communities.

    In a chat with newsmen,the Chairman of OML 30 Cluster 4, Hon. Okpako Onome said the peaceful protest which led to the shutdown of the Oil facility was to notify HEOSL of the need to pay the Community its entitlements o with regards to the agreed land lease owed them for several years.

    “We cannot fold our hands watching the company to be drilling our Oil without paying us our entitlements”.

    While noting that the Community had written series of letters to notify the Company and Security Operatives of the non payment of our entitlements, Hon. Onome said the firm has paid deaf ears to their complaints regarding them as ” nothing.”

    In his words, “They should  pay us our land lease money or else the facilities will remain shutdown”.

    Hon. Onome urged the various communities chairmen of OML 30 cluster 4, to remain law abiding citizens as they go about the protest peacefully as they awaiting responses of HEOSL.

    No representative of the oil firm was on ground to speak on the matter at the time of this report. Efforts to speak with them were also unsuccessful as their head office was said to be in Lagos State.


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