Your MOU Is Fraudulent, Bayelsa Oil Communities Tell Oil Companies
The oil-bearing communities in the Nembe Council Area of Bayelsa State have described as fraudulent the Global Memorandum of Understanding drawn by the International Oil Companies operating in their areas.
The communities said this at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Bayelsa State Oil and Environmental Commission, in Yenagoa. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commission
Another Community Leader from Fantou community, Chief Michael Olali, said Federal Government’s presence was not felt in spite of the abundance of oil in the area. He said that the people of Nembe Creeks would soon stage a protest against the government and all the oil companies operating in the area. We live under leaking roofs and in mud houses. We even bathe in polluted rivers because we lack basic amenities. Our land is no more useful for farming because of oil exploration and spills. Our due should be given to us. Our people are not employed in companies, even as cleaners and drivers. There are also no opportunities for scholarships from the companies,” he said. Responding, the Chairman of the commission, Dr John Sentamu, expressed his commission’s commitment to finding solutions to the myriad of challenges. Sentamu, who is also the Archbishop of York noted that most of the complaints were not new but regretted that they had yet to be properly addressed. The chairman, who was represented by a commissioner, Dr Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dahou, promised that all the grievances expressed by the communities would be reflected in the commission’s report and followed up with serious advocacy.