EA host communities to hell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, has given SPDC 21 days ultimatum to pay up the complete tranche of the GMOU community fund slated for 2014-2016 and the mystery spills.
A letter written and signed by the Community Development Chairmen, CDC, Forum in Ekeremor and Southern-Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and the entire sons of EA Communities expressed their displeasure and dismay to the management of SPDC.
The letter reads: we bring to your notice some of the burning issues that have been unequivocally mentioned to SPDC management in different fora.
“The recent happening in the EA field operations; the twelve (12), host communities are no longer happy and comfortable the way and manner SPDC are handling the GMOU Tranche payment for the development of our communities.
“We discovered that SPDC deliberately dumped the GMOU payment process from 2014 to date without reasonable explanation to the Host Communities.
“Meanwhile the EA operation is going on smoothly without any disruption or obstruction from the host communities.
“The purpose of the GMOU are made in good faith, with a view to consolidating the existing cordial and mutual relationship amongst the host communities in the EA field.
“It’s sad to observe that SPDC who prepared the GMOU document on their own taste to the detriment of the host communities on defaulters; 5% for SPDC while 20%for communities, but still SPDC has negated the status of the GMOU document that was duly signed by Bayelsa State government, host communities and SPDC.
“SPDC is fully aware that the spirit of the GMOU document doesn’t permit default,”
According to the letter, SPDC and her internal collaborators did not take into consideration the host communities in the EA field when erecting their installations/structure in and around the field.
“Their activities have totally and permanently deprived the EA host communities their fishing right around the environment thereby causing unbearable hardship to the people in the EA host communities.
“Our research proved to us that the Nigerian petroleum laws and the land use Act did not ban the host communities from doing business with the oil companies that operate within their area, but SPDC completely deprived our contractors from being part of the main stream jobs in the EA operation.
“But SPDC are bringing the non indigenous contractors to do business with them in the EAfeild, knowing fully the local content act which stated in the GMOU document that this is truly unacceptable.”
The host communities therefore expressed displeasure over the silent of SPDC towards the payment of the mystery spills, the communities are strongly requesting for immediate implementation of the palliative agreement and payment of the mystery spills without any delay.
In agreement, the host communities have unanimously agreed that SPDC should shut down their oil operation in the EA field, if they fail to oblige to the issues enumerated above within the 21 days ultimatum.
“The EA host communities will help SPDC to shut down all the activities in the EA field to negotiate the above raised issues because several complaints have been made in different fora.

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