Community seeks govt intervention to check disruption in oil production




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disruption in oil production agipYENAGOA – Communities hosting operations of Nigerian Agip Company (NAOC) at Biseni, Bayelsa State, have appealed to the State to ask the company to fulfil its obligations to the people.

The communities had shut five wells in Idu Fields operated by Agip over Agip’s non-fulfilment of community obligations to its host communities.

The wells 3, 6, 8, 11 and 12 earlier shut down and put out of production by of the area were re-opened after a between community representatives and Agip Aug. 5.

Chief Solomon Ogiama, Secretary of Egbebiri II community, told NAN Sunday that of NAOC, who had pledged prompt implementation of agreements reached before the oil wells were reopened, had reneged the promise.

“We are appealing to the Bayelsa to wade into this and ensure that we do have to resort to disrupting oil production, which has a direct bearing on revenues accruable to the state.

“Agip pledged to immediately off all outstanding debts to surveillance contractors once the wells were re-opened, but nothing has happened.

“From the time frames they gave us during the at their office, they ought to have done a lot as we were assured that in just a few days they will contractors who were owed for up to one year.[eap_ad_2]

“The community leadership conveyed the resolutions at the to the entire community and now all eyes are on us and the pressure is mounting on us.

“We want the to come in and further mediate,” Ogiama said.

The scribe said that the intervention of the state government was necessary to forestall revenue loss if the oil wells were shut again.

He said that the community had communicated the to the government.

Ogiama said the community resolved to give a chance to show its readiness to provide a peaceful environment to the oil firm to operate.

In an e-mail to NAN on the , Mr Filipo Cotalini, Media Relations Office at Eni, which operates in Nigeria as NAOC, had said the Italian energy firm was investigating the incident.

Cotalini said the firm would issue a statement on the matter in due course. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]