OML-25: Kula Warns Shell On Talks With Renegades
The people of Kula have called on the Federal Government and security agencies to prevail on Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to desist from any unduly alliance with renegades of the kingdom as the discussion with the government and Belemaoil is being conducted.
Spokesman of Kula Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers, Alabo Fiala Okoye Davies who gave the warning during a press briefing in Port Harcourt said that they have confidence on the Federal Government to resolve the issues and warned against the various tactics and antics of SPDC to cause confusion and renewed crises in their peaceful kingdom.
He noted that the briefing was necessary in the wake of the several antics being deployed by the SPDC to delay and frustrate the process of re-opening of the facilities at OML-25, according to him, their antics are in a bid to raise and arm renegade groups in the communities to cause insecurity and thereby disrupt the peace that had existed since after the flag-off of the process.
“He said we are today making this call to put these issues formally on record and to thank His Excellency, Chief (Barr.) Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, the Executive Governor of Rivers State for his anticipated understanding and co-operation.”
He also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his support for the development of Kula Kingdom.
The spokesman hinted that NNPC, SPDC and BPL have had several meetings in a bid to resolve the issues that resulted to the face-off between SPDC and its Host Communities, stressing that the management of Belemaoil have done their part of the agreement while SPDC is still dragging their feet.
According to him, there is need for the Federal Government to intervene for the process to succeed without delay.
He reiterated that although the Kula Kingdom had experienced some crisis following the face-off between Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and its host communities of OML-25, the Federal Government’s intervention on September 17, 2019 through the Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva and the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Mele Koko Kyari resolved the issue and brought remarkable peace in Kula Kingdom.
“This further resulted to the hoisting of the flags of NNPC, SPDC and Belemaoil Producing Limited (BPL), signaling a new beginning on the 10th October 2019 by the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Sen. Ita Enang and the then Group General Manager, NAPIMS, Mr. Musa Lawan” Alabo Okoye – Davies further stated.
He noted that the leadership and people of Kula Kingdom in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area Rivers State deem it necessary to bring to the attention of the public and security agencies the looming crisis or divide and rule system by SPDC as the company has failed to put architecture in place for the communities to benefit as there are no solution from the several meetings held so far.