Diri Says Oil Firms And Regulators Are Colluding Against Host Communities.
Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State, has accused oil firms and regulatory bodies of acting against the interests of host communities in the Niger Delta.
Diri, who made the remarks as the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House in Yenagoa, criticized the collusion and called it unjust.
He stated that some of the security issues in host communities were caused by the oil companies’ unjust and unfair behavior, which was helped by regulatory officials.
Diri mentioned a month-long oil and gas spillage from an AITEO Exploration and Production Limited facility in the state’s Nembe Local Government Area in November, which resulted in lawsuit due to the way the firm and regulatory agencies addressed the afflicted people.
He said that his government’s attitude toward the impacted host communities averted a new outbreak of confrontation between them, AITEO, and, by extension, security agents.
He urged for collaboration between the state and the military, recalling how the chief of defence staff brought governors to Abuja when he was newly appointed to discuss ways to secure continued oil and gas production in the Niger Delta.
Diri emphasized that his government was willing to work, synergize, and improve the current partnership between the state and security services.
Earlier, Irabor stated that he and his team were in Bayelsa because they recognized the critical role of the state government in accommodating and enhancing the country’s military forces activities.
He noted that the visit was also intended to strengthen the two sides’ relationship, notably in battling oil theft, abduction, and the damage of oil facilities around the state.
The defense chief stated that any sort of damage of the nation’s oil investment was a direct attack on the country’s oil wealth’s future, and he praised Governor Diri for his unwavering support for the military and other security services.