The Delta State Government has commended the twelve host communities to the OML 42 operated by the NPDC and joint partners for embracing peace in the resolution of issues that led to the shut down of operations at the flow station.
The Commissioner, Ministry of Oil and Gas, Prince Emmanuel Amgbaduba who presided over the peace meeting held at the Government House Annex in Warri, praised the communities for agreeing to open the flow station for normal operations.
Prince Amgbaduba disclosed that the decision by the host communities followed a truce brokered by the Delta State government between the communities and the joint partners of the OML 42.
The Oil and Gas Commissioner who was accompanied by the Special Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Nkem Ajufo and the Director, Local Content, Mr. Aweka Avwainaghagha, said the meeting was to resolve the issues that led to the shutting down of the OML 42 on Thursday August 15, 2019 by the host communities.
Briefing newsmen after the peace meeting held behind closed doors, Prince Amgbaduba disclosed that the host communities and the joint partners have agreed to the terms reached.
The agreement reached according to the Commissioner will see the communities reopening the OML 42 for operations within the shortest possible time.
Prince Emmanuel Amgbaduba expressed happiness with the speedy resolution of the disagreement and commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for providing the platform for the realisation of the peace deal.
The affected twelve host communities were represented by their chairmen, secretaries and public relations officers.
While the OML 42 joint partners, NPDC and NECONDE had their representatives.
Some of the leaders of the host communities confirmed the agreement saying they are ready to keep their own side of the bargain provided the OML 42 joint partners do not renege on their side.
The NPDC holds 55% in the OML 42 joint venture while NECONDE has 45%.