Reps investigate alleged neglect of oil host community

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja


The Nigerian House of representatives is to investigate alleged deliberate neglect, underdevelopment and abandonment of corporate responsibility by the Total Exploration and Production Company.

This contravenes the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010.

The House expressed concern that Total has not maintained a good relationship with host communities in Amenan/Kpono oil fields in Rivers State, southern Nigeria.

A member of the House, Mr. Awaji-Inombek Abiante said by current estimates, the two fields’ project are estimated to worth over $3.5 billion and projected to create over 50,000 jobs.

“Also concerned that Andoni Local Government Area in Rivers state has lately been beset by uncontrolled cult activities, unprecedented armed robbery, kidnappings, reprisal killings, mayhem and destruction engendered by joblessness and lack of meaningful means of  livelihood for the teeming youth population and also Total’s failure to award contracts to them, build their capacities and provide the needed community development and opportunities is a direct invitation for youth restiveness which is imminent if the issues are not quickly addressed.” Mr. Abiante stressed.

The House mandated its Committees on Local Content and Legislative compliance to investigate the allegations.

It pledged to ensure fair treatment to Andoni indigenes.

The Amenan/Kpono fields which produce over 145,000 bpd crude oil were established upon Oil Mining Lease, 99 and 70 and are the largest conventional offshore developments in West Africa.

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