Written by Ambrose IMOBHIO

Okowa wades into Ubogo, NPDC crisis

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has pledged the commitment of his government towards the creation of an improved business environment for investments to thrive.

The governor explained this while wading into the crisis between the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, and Ubogo community in Udu Local Government Area of the state.

Okowa commended the NPDC and Ubogo community for agreeing to resolve the crisis that had halted the company’s operations and its migration from Oil Mining License 65 to OML 49 for oil exploration activities in the area.

Represented by the Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emman Amgbaduba, the governor charged both parties to embrace Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU, in resolving the crisis.

Okowa, who met with the representatives of the warring parties at the Government House Annex, Warri, enjoined them to embrace peace in the interest of development.

The governor, who had separately met with representatives of both parties before a joint meeting, said his administration was committed towards providing an enabling environment for companies to operate.

Okowa, while bemoaning the rising cases of disagreements between oil firms and their host communities, warned against shutting down oil facilities in their domain as the action ‘affects the revenue of the state’.

According to him: “As a government, we are not pleased with the incessant dispute between oil companies and their host communities.

Representatives, of the community, and that of Nigeria Petroleum Development Company all agreed that the sustenance of peace is very essential for the development, happiness and growth of the state.

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