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Okowa prescribes MoUs to end disputes between oil companies, host communities

By Lucky Uto

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has reiterated that the solution to dispute between oil companies and their hosts communities is a working General Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU).

The Governor stated this yesterday, through the Honourable Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emman Amgbaduba, at the signing of the General Memorandum of Understanding between Chevron Nigeria Limited and their hosts communities under the auspices of Egbema & Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation (EGCDF) at the Government House Annex, Warri.

He thanked the host communities for being peaceful to their tenants, Chevron, stressing that since assumption of office, there is little or no petition from their agreements and he advised that they continue this cooperation.

In his words, “GMoU is the right way to go, with a working GMoU, everyone will know his rights and privileges, while advising others to emulate this”.

The Chairman of EGCDF, Comrade Jude Ukori in his speech thanked Okowa for the cooperation and providing a level playing ground for the GMoU, and also for executing some infrastructural projects in Gbaramatu kingdom including internal road networks but pleaded that such gestures be extended to the Egbema axis too.

Earlier in his welcome address, Mr Sam Daibo, who represented Chevron Nigeria Limited thanked the Delta State Government for providing a conducive environment for investors.

He also noted that the EGDCF has been a wonderful host, he promised that as usual, his company is ready to ensure compliance to agreements contained in the GMoU.

The ceremony was witnessed by a representative of the Delta State Commissioner for Justice, Representatives of the Pere of Gbaramatu, HRM Oboro Gbaraun II, Pere of Egbema Kingdom, HRM Bini Pere III, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Mrs Gladys Puegeren, members of EGCDF, community heads and Directors from the ministry of Oil and Gas and that of Justice.

Written by ExpressDay

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