Written by Godfrey AKON

OML 25: NNPC considers plans to restore production

As stakeholders embrace peace over disputed Oil Mining Lease, OML, 25, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has expressed readiness to commence a re-entry process to restore production.

Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam, Mele Kyari, said during a stakeholders visit to the host community of Kula Kingdom of Asari-Toru Local Government of Rivers State that an evaluation of the extent of damage done on the facility would be carried out.

Kyari added that within the shortest possible time, the joint venture partner, Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, would come up with a plan for restoring production in the oil mining lease.

A statement by the Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Mr Samson Makoji, said kyari stated that NNPC had the mandate of President Buhari to work with stakeholders to bring lasting peace to oil-producing host communities.

“Our immediate priority is the restoration of peace to the host communities and not just to restore production. This is because once peace comes, oil-production (which is about 35,000 barrels per day here) will ultimately return.

“What we have done today is to ensure that normal life returns to this community so that after two years of dispute, we would have found a lasting solution which would enable people to go back to their work, jobs will be created and the social services that ought to come with these activities will be restored,” he said.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, in his remarks, said the federal government would leave no stone unturned in the efforts to bring about lasting peace and security in the nation’s oil-producing host communities and the entire Niger Delta region.

Sylva told members of the host communities that for investments to thrive in the area, there was the need for the people to live in peace and harmony with oil companies as well as cooperate with one another.

“We need unity in our land today. We have fought to this point and the Federal Government has started looking our way. It is time for us to change strategy and ensure that we bring the benefits of investments to our various communities.

“If we don’t make our communities peaceful, investments cannot come. The investors are ready to come here, unfortunately in some cases there is no peace,” Sylva noted.

Also speaking, His Royal Highness King Kroma Amabibi Eleki, on behalf of traditional rulers in the Kula Kingdom, expressed delight with the peace deal while pledging their readiness to work with government towards bringing developmental projects to the people.


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