Plan to Demolish 800 Properties in Etche
… Assembly Summons SPDC
Rivers State House of Assembly has issued an order to the management of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to appear and respond allegations made against them by communities in its areas of operation.
The order followed the consideration of the report presented by the House Committee on Public Petitions.
The committee headed by the Chief Whip, Hon. Evans Bipi alleged that the SPDC had failed to appear before the committee to respond to allegations by Umuebulu community in Etche Local Government Area against the plan by the company to demolish over 800 properties in the community without adequate compensation to properties owners in the area.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani while reacting to the report, frowned at the attitude of the oil giant to its host communities.
The speaker condemned the SPDC for not including all the landlord’s property marked for demolition and refusing to appear before the House committee to explain their action.
The speaker commended the committee for its indebt report on the matter and insisted that the recommendations that the company suspend further payment of compensation to some of the property owners was in order.
He said Shell must respect the institution of the state legislature and that all property owners must be included in its compensation plan.
The Assembly resolved to summon the company before the House to state why it had failed to honour previous invitations by its committee on public petitions.