The host communities of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 25 in Akuku-Toru Local Council of Rivers State urged Governor Nyesom Wike to deal with the Belema oil field that was shut down two years ago transparently .
Spokesperson of Kula Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers, and Secretary of Belema Council of Chiefs, Alabo Fiala Okoye-Davies, who spoke on the development yesterday in Port Harcourt, threatened that the communities would boycott the meeting being convened by governor Nyesom Wike.
The community said that “Our reason for the meeting was to unveil plans on how to reopen the oil field”.
Okoye-Davies noted that no stakeholder in the area was invited for the said meeting, adding that those invited are not members of the host communities of OML 25 but political allies of the governor in Abonnema and other areas.
He said: “The so-called intervention of Wike casts a shadow of doubt on the sincerity of the governor in resolving the issue, as the governor has never intervened on the Ogoni shutdown of over 26 years.
“The question is why this sudden interest to resolve a shutdown of less than two years. We, therefore, plead with His Excellency to exercise restraint and caution on this matter.
“This matter is being handled by the Presidency and is currently before the office of the Vice President for dialogue, negotiation and peaceful resolution which the Rivers State Government is fully aware of.”Also, a spokesman of PANDEF, Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe, said the organisation was concerned about the matter, adding that another meeting had been fixed to discuss the matter and wondered the state government’s abrupt intervention.
He said the oil filed had been shut down over two years with no reaction from Governor Wike, saying it is too late for governor to come into the matter.