Bayelsa Advocates Better Conditions for Oil Producing Communities...Renew Call for Relocation of Headquarters of Oil Majors

The Bayelsa State Government has again called on the National Assembly and other relevant agencies of the Federal Government to prevail on the multi-National Oil Companies to relocate their headquarters to the oil producing states of the Country.

The State Commissioner for Mineral Resources, Elder Markson Fefegha, who made the call during an on-the-spot visit and assessment of some impacted host communities in the State by the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, pointed out that, it will go a long way in assuaging the fears and complaints of the States and the communities.

The Commissioner, who spoke on a number of issues, urged the committee to include the siting of the headquarters of the oil companies in the states, where they have their highest production output, as a part of their recommendations in the ongoing reforms in the oil and Gas industry.

According to him, it will also improve the human capacity and equity participation of the oil producing communities by way of employment generation, as well as enhance the rapid development of the affected communities and the economy of the States.

Elder Fefegha was also of the view that, as part of the on-going negotiations for the proposed bill, companies should channel the proceeds of penalties from gas flaring to the impacted communities.

The Mineral Resources Commissioner, who represented the State, alongside the Attorney–General and Commissioner for Justice, Hon. Kemasuode Wodu, at the just concluded public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill in Abuja, commended the committee for the three-day visit to the state and expressed the hope that, when eventually passed into law, the bill will bring succour to the long-suffering people of the state.

During its tour of the state, the Committee visited the Gbarain-Ubie Gas plant, the Oloibiri Oil Well, the Obama and Ogboinbiri flow stations, among others and interacted with the leaders of some of the impacted host communities.