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Nigeria: Factional Host Communities of OML30 Seek Dialogue With Heritage Energy

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Warri — Some host communities of OML30 have opted for dialogue with Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited (HEOLS) over lingering disputes on the implementations of General Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) signed with the oil company in Delta State.

The 112 communities, which are host to eight flow stations in the area in the state, said they preferred engaging HEOLS as against the position of Cluster Management Committee/Presidents General to shut down all oil explorations in the flow stations.

The flow stations located in Ughelli, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, produces not less than 80,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Cluster Management Committee (CMC) and Communities’ Representatives Committee (CRC) in the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 30 maintained that they preferred dialogue in resolving issues as opposed to the position of the Cluster Management Committee/Presidents General to shut down operations of the oil company.

The Cluster Management Committee/Presidents General of the host communities had in a statement signed by Dr. Patrick Oboghor and Mr. Joseph Ibuje, requested for the total disengagement of HEOLS from the oil blocks over consistent failure to meet its obligations to the host communities.

But while reacting to the position considered as extreme, CMC and CRC, in a statement yesterday signed by Mr. Okpako Godwin Onome, Clement Udi and eight others, maintained that those calling for the company to leave had run afoul of the GMoU signed in the presence of the state government that every dispute must be through dialogues.