Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Presidents- General Forum of oil Mining Lease, OML30, and Cluster Management Committee have shut down all flow stations operated by Heritage Energy Oil Services Limited (HEOSL) over its alleged failure to honour the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMOU) agreement with host communities.
The leadership of OML 30 host communities has signed a Communique that would bring lasting peace to the Operations in the host communities with HESOL
Speaking to Journalists in Asaba on Tuesday, the Chairman of flow stations Presidents General in OML30 , Dr Patrick Oboghor said that the host communities took the action because of the alleged unprofessional immature and several breach of the GMoU agreement and ill treatment being meted to them by Heritage Oils had been unfulfilled promises, adding”the last time we held a meeting with Heritage was a Communique we entered into Asaba with government officials, but as we speak,none of these agreements and GMOU has been reached by oil company’
They however, denied their action to shut down flow stations in OML30 was not connected to OMS coverted survilliance contract, saying” this protest and shutdown has nothing do with OMS , who is a contractor and doing well”
They also alleged that” workers and contractors and GMOU for Community development are not paid, even FTOs to enter the communities , which is an annual ritual and scholarship, are not paid, our people are not employed and we cannot continue like that, while the oil is being tapped from us.
With the debt profile and failed obligations to host Communities, Heritage is not fit and competent to operate OML30, there was Covid-19 and oil glot in 2019, yet they refused to pay whatever was due to the communities after selling their oil at high rate”
In making their demand before operations could resume in OML30 Oboghor disclosed that” the GMOU fund of 2019 and the second tranch of 2020 must be paid, besides the local contractors issues, the shut down flow stations can only resume production when the payment of all FTOs to all the various clusters with flow stations full implementation of the Communique entered into in Asaba in May 18, 2020 is made”
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