As part of efforts to press home their demand over non payment of entitlements, oil communities in cluster 4, Oil Mining Licence (OML) 30, have shut down Kokori/Orogun oil field facilities following non-payment of their entitlements by Heritage Energy Operational Service Limited (HEOSL).
Addressing newsmen after shutting down the oil facilities, in Erhioke Kokori, Ethiope East local government area of Delta State, the Chairman of OML 30 Cluster 4, Hon. Okpako Onome said that the protest and their action became necessary because Heritage was not making any effort to pay up.
Onome declared that “we are here for a peaceful protest to shut down the Oil facilities to notify HEOSL that they should pay our entitlements as agreed on the land lease they are owing us for good number of years, because we cannot fold our hands watching the company to be drilling our oil without paying us our entitlements.
“We have written so much letters to notify the company and security agents for non payment of our entitlements, and the company paid deaf ear to various notifications we have made, regarding us as nothing, agreement is agreement, they should pay us our land lease money or else the facilities will remained shut down.
“Am calling on various communities chairmen of OML 30 cluster 4, to remain law abiding citizens as they go about the protest peacefully, while awaiting responses from HEOSL.”
Meanwhile, all efforts to contact the company representative for comments were not successful as at the time of filing this report.