The host communities of Oil Mining Lease 34 in Delta State have made a commitment to cease operations due to alleged mistreatment by the management of NNPC E&P Limited and ND Western Ltd Joint Venture.
A statement signed by elected leaders of the host communities, which was shared with journalists in Warri, Delta State, outlined their grievances. The signatories included Akpos Maduku, PG Otor-Udu; Francis Uzoh, PG Effurun Otor; Edafe Kporharo, PG Ekakpamre; Solomon Okorodudu, PG Eruemukowharien; Stephen Asheshe, PG Okpare-Olomu; Pastor Moses Odata, PG Uwviamuge, and 20 others. Among various accusations, they expressed deep dissatisfaction regarding the operators’ failure to fulfill their corporate social responsibility obligations towards the host communities of OML 34.
The statement read partly, “We wish to place on record that for the past one year, the 28 Host Communities of OML34 have been engaged in a running battle with the management of NNPC E&P Ltd and ND Western Ltd Joint Venture over issues that borders on their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/failed promises to the OML 34 Host Communities.
“Our demands are non-payment of four years scholarship arrears spanning through 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 respectively. Non-payment of penalty fines from the expired GMoU spanning through a period of 2016-2019. Non-payment of Peace Award of 2022. Non-payment of Courtesy Call of 2023.”