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NPDC, Nest Oil, Host Communities’ Crisis: Army Brokers Truce

Posted: Jul 11, 2015 at 9:10 am   /   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 of Delta State.

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

The two warring parties developed a frosty relationship recently when the communities paralyzed activities of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC,  and its major contractor, Nest Oil Plc, when they shut down the flow station twice within the space of one month to drive home their demands for better deals.

The truce was brokered by officers from the 4th Brigade in Benin City, capital of Edo State and 3rdBattalion, Effurun Barrack, Delta State while representatives of the communities and that of the oil firm, led by its General Manager, Warri Operations, Chief  Chief Oladipe Ishola were in attendance.

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

It was also agreed that Nest Oil will not move out of the present well head location to another location within the Jones Creek oil field until all thorny 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 harmonizing the terms of the pacts and also engendering a cordial relationship.

He maintained that the communities have always provided 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 by the oil firm.