Leaders of OML 30 communities mobilise against oil firm

LEADERS of communities hosting Oil Mining Lease (OML) 30 have been urged to unite with stakeholders to effectively tackle Heritage Energy Operational Services Ltd (HEOSL).

This is coming following the alleged ongoing rancour among communities which are hosts to OML 30.

The call was made on Wednesday at an all-encompassing meeting of traditional rulers, Community Representative Committee (CRC), as well as the Community Development Board (CDB), at the palace of HRM, Dr Wilson Ojakovo, Oharisi lll, the Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom.

Nigerian Tribune recalled that there have been allegations of invasion of OML 30 communities by military men supposedly brought in by yet-to-be-introduced oil operators.

Reports said there has been an internal transition from one oil company to another without proper introductions to community leaders.

Besides, the known operator, HEOSL, had failed to meet its necessary obligations to the host communities since it was introduced to them in March 2017.

The Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom, in his welcome address read by the secretary of the royal father’s host to OML 30, charged all parties to unite against the erring company.

He noted that the people have been continually marginalised and disregarded by the oil company, adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure that HEOSL is stopped from causing more havoc.

“We do not benefit much from the business of oil exploration that is being carried out in our lands, and we are here today to do something about that.

We want this trend that has continued for so long to stop.

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