Bayelsa - The Bayelsa State Government has ordered the leadership of Ogboinbiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area to reopen all closed oil wells belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, Vanguard reports.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Oil and Gas Matters, Felix Ayah, gave the charge during a meeting with the community leaders and representatives, in Yenagoa, on Thursday.
Ayah said it was necessary for the community to allow smooth operation of the sites while dialogue continued in order to pave the way for sustainable and peaceful co-existence between the community and the multinational oil company.
The Ogboinbiri community had closed down operations of Agip following conflict with the multinational over the non-provision of basic amenities to the community.
The governor’s aide said the meeting was to seek solutions to issues bordering on the non-implementation of people-oriented projects which culminated in the shutting down of the company operations in the area according to Thisday.
He added that the state government would invite officials of the NAOC over the various unresolved issues raised by the leadership of Ogboinbiri community.
He assured the aggrieved host communities in the state of government’s efforts and sincerity in settling their differences.
- News 24