The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) which is the subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has said it is set to begin production in neglected oil wells to profit the community and the country.
Managing Director of NPDC, Mohammed AliZarah, stated this at an event organized by the Ogoni Liberation Initiative, according to a statement signed on Tuesday by Garba Deen Muhammad, Group General Manager (Public Affairs), NNPC.
Mohammed said the company understands the interest and wants of the Ogoni people.
He further said, the NPDC and the Federal Government (FG) would collaborate with the community to make sure their environment was improved and the projects will not reflect negatively in their domain, however, it will bring job creations and expansion.
He said, the coordination of the event by the Ogoni Liberation Initiative and the presence of various people including traditional rulers, youths and women had stimulated the conviction of the company, which he described as ‘an act of love and solidarity’.
“Indeed, this is a clear testimonial and demonstration of a strong cordial relationship that has existed between us over the years.
“This, for us is our social license to operate in this peace loving community,” he said.
Mohammed also hinted that in the best common national interest of Nigeria to quickly reinstate the Ogoni land, and make the necessary situation for the socio-economic enhancements of the communities.
“As a viable partner, we would join you to pursue the greater good of our people and the nation.
“We stand with you and would work with you to achieve this within the shortest possible time.”