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Army Wades Into Nest Oil, Host Communities’ Crisis

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 5:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi, Asaba


The Nigerian Army has brokered a truce between the indigenous oil firm, Nest Oil Plc, and Jones Creek oil field host communities in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The host communities include Kokodiagbene, Okerenkoko, Akpatagbegbe, Akpataegbemu and Omadino.

The two parties’ relationship went sour recently when the communities paralysed activities of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and its major contractor, Nest Oil Plc, when they shut down the flow station twice in the space of one month, to drive home their demands for a better deal.

The truce was brokered by officers from the 4th Brigade in Benin, Edo State, and 3rd Battalion, Effurun Barracks, Delta State, with representatives of the communities and the oil firm, led by its General Manager, Warri Operations, Oladipe Ishola, in attendance.

Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, Lt. Col. Okon Bassey, who chaired the parley advised both parties to continue with their discussions and sort out all grey areas in their agreements, charged both parties to respect the terms of agreements because the nation needs peace and tranquility at this critical period.

It was also agreed that Nest Oil would not move out of the present wellhead location to another location within the Jones Creek oil field until all issues are resolved amicably.

Spokesman for the communities, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, expressed delight with the outcome of the meeting and lauded the Army for stepping into the matter.

According to him, discussions were in progress between the communities and the oil firm, with a view to harmonising the terms of the pact and also engender a cordial relationship.

He maintained that the communities have always provided an enabling environment for companies doing businesses in their domain, but that the recent crisis broke out as a result of the breach of the earlier agreements with the oil firm.