Managing Director of PPL, Mr Emmanuel Koyebagu
The Operators of the oil fields of Umutu, Umueziogoli/Umuosele-Ebedei, and Akoku-Unor, known as the Egbeoma Field, Platform Petroleum Limited (PPL) and its joint partner Newcross Petroleum Limited has entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see to the smooth operations of the company and the host communities for the next four years.
Guests at the event at Umutu town hall
The signing ceremony was done along with the commissioning of some associated development projects built in the communities by the company. The managing Director of PPL, Ogbuefi Emmanuel Koyebagu in his speech appreciated the cordial relationships between the communities, and the company. He stressed that the MOU is a document that is set to regulate the relationship between the company and her host communities. Commissioning of the Okpala-uku Palace, Umutu
Speaking further, the Managing Director stressed that the document may not be perfect to the agreement of all the parties but contains the expected contributions of the company to the communities which is a key factor to the success of the relationships and which will get better with time and all that they need from the communities is a peaceful environment to operate.
While commissioning some of the projects, the Executive Chairman of the
Transition Committee Ukwuani LGA, Hon Ochor C. Ochor who was accompanied to the occasion by the secretary to the council, Mr. Solomon Ebinum thanked the management and staff of the company and her joint partner, Newcross Petroleum Limited for meeting with her Corporate Socio Responsibilities to the host communities, and urged them not to be dissuaded by any distraction but to continue to work with the communities for a continuous successful operations.
Signing of the MOU by Umutu Community
At the end of the ceremony, some of the leaders of the host communities of Umutu, Umueziogoli/Umuosele and Akoku-Uno expressed their delight to the companies for meeting up with their social responsibilities to the communities. Chief Chris Nwajiogoli while thanking the company for the construction of the Okpala-Uku Palace at Umutu stressed that the signed MOU is a document that the company and the host communities need as a guide to succeed. The vice chairman of the Umueziogoli/Umuosele-Ebedei, Mr Sunday Okolocha who will soon be made the chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee of the Community, showered gratitude’s to the management of PPL/Newcross Petroleum Limited for their steadfastness to the development of the host communities. Also speaking, Chief F.I Enemeyan Chairman Oil and Gas Committee Akoku-Uno congratulated PPL/Newcross for the continuous development strides of the community as they always answer to the call of Akoku-Uno people since they started operations in the area.
100 Bags of Rice Stops Ogbe-uzu/Adonishaka Signing of New MOU
Meanwhile, the fourth host community failed to sign the new MOU with platform Limited (PPL) and Newcross Petroleum Limited do to some disagreements.
According to PPL source, the community was demanding for 100 bags of rice as part of the signing ceremony before they could agree to sign the new MOU. When Ndokwa Reporters contacted the Chairman, Oil and Gas committee Engr Joseph Nwaiku, confirmed the demands, but said that the bags of rice is not the major issue, but that some key issues that were agreed on during the time of negotiations were missing from the produced document for signing.
However , further investigations by Ndokwa Reporters , confirm through the Manager, Community Affairs/Health, Safety and Environment PPL , Mr. Godwin Alumona , that the noticed lapses has been corrected, it was further discovered that the community was not only demanding for 100 bags of rice, but also two live cows , five hundred thousand naira cash, thirty bags of salt before the MOU will be signed, this in variance with what the company gave to other communities of 20 bags of rice, 30 bags of salt , one live cow, with hundred thousand naira cash, which according to Engr. Nwaiku is not a collective bargain , since the MOU was done by individual communities. He further pointed out, that based on information from his community; the just expired MOU was signed with the sum of five hundred thousand naira with 100 bags of rice. Further investigation also revealed that the Okpala-Uku in Council were ready to go with the signing based on the arrangements of the company as regards materials.
The PPL/Newcross commissioned projects in the communities are Umutu (ultra-modern town hall and the Okpala-Uku Palace), at Ebedei-Umueziogoli/Umuosele (a block of staff quarter at the Health Centre and an ultra-modern town hall), while at Akoku-Uno (Ultra-modern town hall) were commissioned.
Gas Plant, Adonishaka
The occasion was attended by dignitaries from the state, federal, and private organizations in oil and gas matters and members of the communities.
PPL Gas Plant to be Ready in 18 months-MD PPL
The Managing Director of Platform Petroleum Limited, operators of Egbaoma field in Ebedei, in Ukwuani Local Government area of Delta State has confirmed that the company gas plant will soon be commissioned.
The Managing Director Ogbuefi Emmanuel Koyebagu who spoke to newsmen at the end of the signing of the new MOU with the host communities in her areas of operations stated that part of the company policy, in line with the federal government directives is to see to the end of gas flaring in the area they operate and the company has mapped out a programme to see to the quick commissioning of the company gas plant within the next 18 months and this will bring an end to the gas flaring.
Oil analysts has predicted that when the gas plant is commissioned the economic development of the area will increase as the extra production from gas will attract more job opportunities and business investments to the area. (Read the Full Interview Later)