08 August 2017, Sweetcrude, Abuja – Oil and Gas Producing Host communities in Nigeria, HOSTCOM, have said they would ensure the provision of enabling environment for the resumed operations of international and national oil companies in the Niger-Delta region.
The National Chairman of HOSTCOM, Dr. Mike Emuh, stated this in an interview in Abuja.
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had directed the International Oil Companies, IOCs, operating in the Niger Delta region to relocate their headquarters to their states of operations, based on the provision of the Local Content Act.
Emuh said that the marching order by the acting president could only be possible given the provision of enabling the environment to the companies by the host communities.
He said the order would not work until the host communities and the Niger Delta created enabling environment for the IOCs to relocate their headquarters to the Niger Delta. “Nobody wants to settle down where there is no peace, but I can assure you that presently in the Niger Delta there is peace,” he said.
According to him, HOSTCOM is working toward recruiting 10 to 20 boys from each community from the over 1,000 communities in the region for pipeline surveillance.