31 January 2018, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has urged the Belema Community in Kula Kingdom of Akuku-Toru local government area of Rivers State to maintain peace and protect oil and gas facilities in the area.
The advice came when PANDEF delegation visited communities in Kula Kingdom as part of efforts initiated by it to resolve the face-off between Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, and the Belema Community.
Leader of the delegation and member of the Presidential Committee on Niger Delta, Elder Ogoriba Timi Kaiser Wilhelm, while urging the people to remain peaceful and protect the facilities in their community, stated that PANDEF will do everything to bring justice to the people.
The move to resolve the rift was part of the agenda of the emergency meeting of PANDEF, held in Kiagbodo community in Delta State and was presided over by elder statesman and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark.
Responding on behalf of the people of Kula Kingdom, the traditional ruler, King Biobelum Oko, said Shell has been declared persona-non-grata in the kingdom.
Oko said: “An attempt to renew Shell licence in OML 25 means death sentence to Kula people called on international community to come to their aid. We will use all peaceful way to follow it up. Give Belema oil and gas OML 25 please.”
The delegation which went round with newsmen to inspect some of the oil installations in OML 25, visited Offoin-Ama community where the community head, Chief Ibiosiya Nathaniel Sukubo said there are no basic amenities in the community provided by Shell as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the host community.
At Belema community, a youth activist, Prince Datonye Sukubo, said the oil giant does not have any programme for the youths of the kingdom, pointing out that “for over forty years of operation there is nothing to show for.
“Belema oil and gas an indigenous company who is currently operating OML 58 and who is also their son knows their plight, he should take over OML 25.”
In this article
- Community Development
- Akuku-Toru Local Government Area
- Belema Community
- Chief Edwin Clark
- Chief Ibiosiya Nathaniel Sukubo
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Delta state
- Elder Ogoriba Timi Kaiser Wilhelm
- Kiagbodo community
- King Biobelum Oko
- Kula Kingdom
- Offoin-Ama community
- OML 25
- OML 58
- Presidential Committee on Niger Delta
- Prince Datonye Sukubo
- Rivers State