Stakeholders in communities under OML 34 have kicked against a suspected plan to extend the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).
Mr. Lucky Ejenavwo, a spoke person of the stakeholders in his address at a press conference in Otu-Jeremi headquarters of Ughelli South local government area recently alleged that a particular chief (name withheld) had lobbied president generals and secretary generals of communities under OML 34 to extend the MoU between them and NPDC for another two years.
While stressing that there had never been and extension of MoU between the affected communities and NPDC right from beginning, Mr. Lucky Ejenavwo appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa through the Delta State Committee on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution to prevail on NPDC not to extend the period of the MoU.
He admonished that an extension of the period of MoU was not in the overall interest of the communities under OML 34 and therefore could cause preventable crisis.
“What was done in the past, was that, after the lifespan of MoU, NPDC the communities under OML 34 would meet and negotiate a new MoU” he stressed.
He stated that stakeholders have vowed to resist an extension of period of the MoU “That is why we are appealing to our peace loving and listening governor to prevail on NPDC not to extend the period of the MoU.”