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Community reopens oil wells in Bayelsa

07 August 2014, 17:30

Yenagoa - Communities hosting the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) operations at Biseni in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa have re-opened the five oil wells earlier shut down in the Idu Oil Fields.

The oil wells were shut over Agip’s non-fulfillment of community development obligations to its host communities.

Also read : Communities shut Agip oil wells

Solomon Ogiama, the Secretary of Egbebiri II community, said on Thursday that oil wells 3,6,8,11 and 12 earlier shut down and put out of production by youths of the area were reopened on Wednesday evening.

He said that the access road to the facilities were also cleared of blockades mounted by the youths, following assurances in a meeting with officials of the company in Port Harcourt.

Ogiama said that the community had resolved to give peace a chance to show its readiness to provide a peaceful environment to the oil firm to operate while it expects Agip to honour its agreements with the community.

Filipo Cotalini, the Media Relations Office Manager at Eni, which operates in Nigeria as NAOC, said the Italian energy firm was investigating the incident.

Cotalini said the firm would issue a statement in due course.

Checks at the oil fields on Thursday indicated that the youths who sacked the oil workers and kept vigil at the faculties had pulled out.

-      NAN

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