Two Niger Delta communities have led the way towards the full implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) for all oil bearing communities.
This follows a peaceful meeting between Opuama and Tsekelewu communities of Egbema kingdom, Warri North local government area of Delta State, which held in Sapele on Saturday.
The meeting was convened by the Bolowei of Egbema, Alhaji Emmanuel Omoko and was attended by Welfare Associations, Oil and Gas Committees as well as Bloc leadership of the communities.
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According to Omoko, the meeting was aimed at charting a peaceful implementation process of the PIA between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Conoil and the communities.
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The Bolowei explained that “there is a great need for host communities to engage and interact in a bid not to cause unnecessary crises among ourselves.”
Omoko said this in reaction to reports that some persons were building new houses and counting non-existing ones and villages in an attempt to gain more from the system.
He called on erring individuals to stop the rumoured practice to enable all parties achieve a peaceful PIA process in the communities.
He added that here will be a larger meeting between the leadership of both Opuama and Tsekelewu communities to further deliberate on same issues, while calling on oil bearing communities in the country to tow the same path.
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Full attendance for the meeting is as follows;
Chief December Aweh – Oil and Gas Chairman, Opuama
Mr Christian Gagha – Vice President, Opuama Welfare Association
Mr Austin Omoko – Secretary, Opuama Welfare Association
Mr Gulf Johnson – Public Relations Officer, Opuama Welfare Association
Chief Shola Korokoro – President, Opuama Bloc Communities
Mr Japhet Tanga
Secretary, Opuama Bloc Communities
Mr Dango Anthony, Secretary Tsekelewu Oil and Gas
Born. Godday Ogun-Oyinbo – President, Tsekelewu Welfare Association
Comr. Markson Juwoiye Aboh – Secretary, Tsekelewu Welfare Association
comr. Peres Joseph – Public Relations Officer, Tsekelewu Welfare Association
Paul Toruwei (President Tsekelewu Bloc communities)
Comr. Ekpokeme Governor – Public Relations Officer, Tsekelewu Bloc Communities and other executive members.
Hon. Spencer Okpoye – SSA Political Matters, Delta State
Amb.Jude Ebitimi Ukori – former Chairman, EGCDF
Segun Ebiwei – Former President, Opuama bloc
Afari Ebidinana – Former PRO ,Tsekelewu Welfare Association
Doctor Gemuge – Former Secretary Opuama Welfare Association
Comrade Eziekel Daniel – SSA Security, Delta State.
Othes were Hon. Andrew Ugbagba, Chief Vincent Atilabor, Norway suku, Rufus Ebiwei and several other leaders of both communities.