Igbuku stakeholders visit Oil and Gas Commissioner; pledge support

They revealed that the pillar Oil Limited operating in the area, relied on court judgements and processes to pay compensations to the oil rich community, reneging on the agreements existing among the company, the government, and Igbuku community.

Stakeholders from Igbuku community, in Ndokwa East Local Government Area, have paid a familiarization visit to the Delta state commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mr Vincent Oyibode in his office in Asaba, with an assurance of their resolve to sustain the cordial relationship existing between the community and the Ministry of Oil and Gas.

Speaking on the purpose of the visit, leaders of the delegation and stakeholders in the community, High Chief Pius Omasanuwa, Chief Jonathan Abanum and Counsel to Igbuku community, Mr. Rupert Irikefe – a lawyer, said they had come to felicitate with the commissioner on his well deserved appointment, and expressed confidence in his leadership ability.

They revealed that the pillar Oil Limited operating in the area, relied on court judgements and processes to pay compensations to the oil rich community, reneging on the agreements existing among the company, the government, and Igbuku community.

In his remarks, the Commissioner thanked the Igbuku community for supporting the Governor Oborevwori administration, and encouraged them to key into the MORE agenda, to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

Mr Oyibode called on Oil companies operating in the state to responsible in their dealings with host communities.

He also warned host communities not to shut down companies operating in their locality, but report any identified area of disagreements to the Ministry, shun acts of vandalism and toe the path of dialogue to ensure fair hearing and peace.

Mr Oyibode invited Igbuku community in Ndokwa East Local Government, and the pillar oil operating in the community, to a meeting to resolve all pending issues between them and chart a way forward.

The community presented gift to the commissioner, who thanked the people and dedicated the gift to the peace in the state.

It would be recalled that the community had earlier in petitioned the state government over alleged neglect by Pillar Oil Limited, threatening a shut down of operations if their grievance is not addressed.

NIM

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