- Normalcy has returned to Ojobo community in Burutu local government area after Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's intervention
- The community were at loggerheads with Shell Petroleum Development Company
- A meeting convened by the governor resolved the impasse to the admiration of all stakeholders
Normalcy has returned to Shell Petroleum Development Company's (SPDC) Beniseide Flow station after Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa waded into the crisis between the company and Ojobo community in Burutu local government area.
The governor who met representatives of SPDC and the community at Government House Annex, Warri, on Friday, December 27, appealed to them to embrace peace in the interest of development.
He commended both parties for agreeing to resolve the impasse that temporarily halted the company’s operations in the area.
Represented by Delta state commissioner for oil and gas, Mr Emmanuel Angbaduba, Governor assured that another meeting would hold among the stakeholders in January 2020, for a Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMOU) on the issue.
He also directed that while the process for the community inter-dependence electrification project was on, a generating plant to cater to the electricity needs of the community should be made available in the interim.
“I am appealing that whenever there is a problem, stakeholders should come together, put the issues on the table and find a proper solution to them.
“This administration is strongly concerned about the interest of all Deltans, so is the production of oil and gas that generates revenue for the government to deliver on our manifesto to Deltans," he said.
He announced that SPDC had agreed to grant the demands of the community that ranged from building a workshop for training the youths in skills, electrification of Ojobo (Gas Turbine), sense of belonging, to release of GMoU funds, rejuvenation of abandoned projects and issues of social inclusion.
SPDC's community interface coordinator, Jerry Udjor, while appreciating the state government’s intervention, appealed to the community to sheathe its sword, assuring that both parties would work together to ensure peace and development of the area.
The meeting was attended by major stakeholders in the area, other government officials and representatives of Ojobo community.
Governor Okowa was recently quoted as saying good investments may elude Nigeria unless insecurity was collectively and roundly tackled across the country.
The governor stated this while receiving the Prelate of Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim, Baba Aladura David Bob-Manuel, who visited him in Asaba.
He opined that if insecurity persists, investors will not come to Nigeria and it will not give room for job opportunities.
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