Stakeholders to Oil Mining Lease (OML 150) facility in the Niger Delta region, operated by Conoil Producing Limited, have called on the Governor of Delta State Ifeanyi Okowa, to caution his Oil and Gas Commissioner, Emma Amgbaduba to refrain from actions capable of inciting violence and unlawful behavior in the seven host communities to the facility in Warri South Local Government Area of the state.
The stakeholders represented by Chief Billy Besigiwa and Comrade Roland Yomere, made the call during a chat with newsmen on Wednesday in Warri.
They specifically accused the Commissioner of one-sidedly dictating and hand picking community representatives to administer their affairs with Conoil.
They described the action of the Commissioner as “repressive, oppressive, disdainful, undemocratic and stand totally unacceptable and rejected by them.”
They said apart from not having the requisite powers to select representatives for them, the Commissioner’s actions “will set the operations of Conoil backward as it is certain to lead to violence capable of disrupting the peace in Delta State and paralyze its economic base and create enormous social-political instability of unfathomable dimensions.”
The stakeholders therefore called on Okowa to urgently look into the matter and caution the Commissioner to respect the wishes of the heads of the seven communities because a bonafide executive led by Comrade Monday Agbeyi as chairman has been put in place already.
The stakeholders insisted that it is wrong for the management of Conoil Producing Limited to be associating with the Mr. Charles Omadeli-led Executive whose tenure in office has long expired. They noted that this tactics is intended to pitch the youths of the seven communities against themselves.
The concerned indigenes also appealed to security agencies to caution Conoil Management and the commissioner in particular from fanning the embers of discord in OML 150 facility operation and the host communities.