The State Government has expressed dissatisfaction with the lackadaisical attitude of the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC in resolving raging issues between the company and Ogulagha community over the retrenchment of twenty two workers which had earlier led to the shutting down of the forcados terminal before government’s intervention.
At a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Oil and Gas, SPDC and Representatives of Ogulagha community at the Government House Annex in Warri, Barrister Otuaro said they are displeased with the way and manner SPDC was handling the matter without a commitment and seriousness in finding lasting solutions to the lingering crisis.
He remarked that SPDC Representatives at the meeting ought to be top management staff who are familiar with the issues stressing that he did not mean to disparage the Representatives sent by the company led by the Corporate Relations Manager.
Otuaro while adjourning the meeting noted that the issues between SPDC and Ogulagha community are not new hence the need for the top management of SPDC to be present.
The Deputy Governor expressed displeasure at the absence of key stakeholders.
He said the state government has had repeated discussions on the issues and wanted a situation where stakeholders would think out of the box as the dispute is not strange to all parties.
Otuaro directed the Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emmanuel Amgbaduba to liaise with the company and the community to fix another date for the meeting.
Present at the meeting were the State Commissioner for Oil and Gas ,Prince Emmanuel Amgbaduba, Gladys Puegeren, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Oil and Gas, Representatives of Ogulagha community and SPDC staff led by the Corporate Relations Manager, Utoma Amaechi among others.
Elohor Rita Agbra
S.A Media to the Deputy Governor of Delta State.
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