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Five Communities, NDPR Sign MOU

Five host communities on the oil mining lease (OML)51, yesterday in Port Harcourt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited (NDPR), the operator of OML51.

The communities, Obumeze, Ogbelle, Oshiugboko all in Ahoada East local government area and Otari and Omaraka in Abua Odua local council represented by community leaders, Elders and Chiefs entered into three-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the oil company in the presence of others stakeholders including the Permanent Secretary, River State Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Felix Odumgweru, who coordinated the event.

Speaking after the ceremony Odumgweru said the agreement would last for three years, December 18, 2019 to December 18, 2022.

He stated that the ceremony marks a new phase in the relationship between the company and the host communities and enjoined the NDPR to ensure that it adheres to its obligations to fulfill its social responsibilities to the communities according to the agreement.

Odumgweru charged the communities to ensure peace and to report back to government whenever there are grievances.

The Community Relation Manager of NDPR, Alhaji Buba Umuru, commended the communities for their peaceful disposition towards the company since it resumed oil activities in the area, stressing that the latest memorandum of Agreement was the third of such agreement since it began operations in the area.

According to him, the NDPR has embarked on various development projects including the construction of town halls, water supply, roads, skill acquisition, and the provision of medical facilities among others to the host communities.

Leaders of the communities who spoke to the press expressed delight for the agreement, stressing the need to ensure peace environment and developments in the communities.

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