By Isaac Olamikan, Senior Correspondent, Benin
Chairman of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas, Bishop Mike Emuh, has given the thumbs up to the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, for giving qualitative representation to the people of the oil producing communities and the Niger Delta.
“HOSTCOM stand on Senator Omo-Agege’s actions so far. He is a pride to all of us. When he talks he does that with a sense of commitment and realisation.
“Oil companies that are leaving the Niger Delta and relocating to Lagos are disobeying the laws of this country. The local content act stipulates that when you operate in a community you should develop that community and reside there. You don’t operate in the Niger Delta and reside in Lagos.
“Senator Omo-Agege is among others calling on the oil companies that have left the Niger Delta for Lagos to return. He is saying that oil blocs should be allotted to the people of the region. He is saying that oil pipelines surveillance contract should be given to our youths. His agitations and philosophies are the same with ours,” Bishop Emuh stated.
Bishop Emuh expressed happinness on the recent reconciliation of the splinter groups within the HOSTCOM. He said that the action will now make the organisation to speak with one voice in its agitations and thus have concrete achievements.
He appealed to the executives of the Delta State chapter of HOSTCOM to work in harmony with the newly reconstituted board of the Delta State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC for the betterment of the living condition of the people.
“We should support Governor Okowa (of Delta State) and the DESOPADEC so that rapid development can be brought to bear on the oil and gas producing communities in the state,” he concluded.