Oil-bearing communities under the Oil Mining and Lease (OML) 30 have demanded the termination of all existing pipeline surveillance contracts awarded to Community Development Board (CDB) chairman by Heritage Energy Operational Service Limited (HEOSL) as part of a fresh agreement for the company to fully take over OML 30.
This is coming on the heels of a town hall meeting between HEOSL and stakeholders on Monday at Wellington Hotel, Effurun, Delta State.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, HEOSL noted that the meeting became necessary to end all forms of attack by disgruntled elements that disrupt operations of HEOSL and possible destruction of critical assets, adding that the state of OML 30, particularly the non-renewal of the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) and failed implementation of same were among issues that needed urgent solution.
The communiqué signed by representatives of the community and HEOSL read in part: “All Trans Forcados Pipeline communities should support the new initiative undertaken by HEOSL from management of community relations by former companies.”
They called for outright rejection of the unlawful extension of the CDB’s tenure and its immediate dissolution.
“HEOSL should address all legacy issues and promises made in the GMoU and the new management to turn things around for the interest of the communities,” the communiqué added.