Violence: OML 150 stakeholders tell Okowa to caution oil commissioner

Critical stakeholders to Oil Mining Lease (OML 150) facility in the Niger Delta region, operated by Conoil Producing Limited, have called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to caution his Oil and Gas Commissioner to desist from actions capable of creating restiveness and violence in the seven host communities to the facility in Warri South Local Government Area of the state.

Making the call during a chat with newsmen in Warri on Wednesday, the stakeholders represented by Chief Billy Besigiwa and Comrade Roland Yomere, specifically accused the Commissioner, Mr. Emma Amgbaduba, of unilaterally dictating and hand picking community representatives to administer their affairs with Conoil.

They maintained that the action of the Commissioner, in this respect, “is repressive, oppressive, disdainful, undemocratic and stand totally unacceptable and rejected by them”.

According to them, apart from not having the requisite powers to select representatives for them, the Commissioner’s actions “will set the operations of Conoil backward as it is certain to lead to violence capable of disrupting the peace in Delta State and paralyze its economic base and create enormous social-political instability of unfathomable dimensions”

The stakeholders therefore charged  Okowa to urgently wade into the matter by calling the Commissioner to order to respect the wishes of the heads of the seven communities because a bonafide executive led by Comrade Monday Agbeyi as chairman has been put in place already.

The stakeholders insisted that it is patently wrong for the management of Conoil Producing Limited to be hobnobbing with the Mr. Charles Omadeli-led Executive whose tenure in office has long expired, noting that this divide and rule tactics is designed to pitch the youths of the seven communities against themselves.

They noted that they will not be deceived into any unwarranted fracas and violence as was the case in the past.
The concerned indigenes appealed to all relevant security agencies to caution Conoil Management and the commissioner in particular from fanning the embers of discord in OML 150 facility operation and the host communities.

The Comrade Monday Agbeyi 21-man led executive has the blessings of all the community Heads and the authority of the Olu’s Palace to run the affairs of OML 150 facility.

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