Total major, sub-contractors get 30 days’ ultimatum in Akwa Ibom
The Akwa Ibom Local Content Compliance Monitoring Committee [LCCMC] has called on Total E&P Nigeria Limited to direct all its major and subcontractors to establish functional offices in Akwa Ibom within 30 days.
In a letter with reference no AKS/LCU/02/A/VOL.1/055 dated February10th, signed by the secretary of the committee, Eti-mbuk Essien and made available in Uyo, he noted that Total E & P contractors had not complied with the local content law.
Addressed to the Managing Director, Total E&P Nigeria limited, the committee alleged that the state government has lost N180 billion revenue following non-compliance of oil firms with Local Content Act 2010.
Essien said that the state government was dissatisfied with the company’s prime and subcontractors for violating local content law.
He alleged that Total E &P has successfully operated OFON fields and gas flaring projects from OML 102 without giving any consideration to Akwa Ibom, the host of the fields.
“The Akwa Ibom State government has lost over N180 billion as a consequence of these unholy and ugly practices. Such huge amount of money in the coffer of the state government will significantly boost the economy of the state”, he said.
The committee secretary then urged Total E&P Nigeria Limited to direct all its major and subcontractors to establish functional offices in Akwa Ibom within 30 days from now.
“The uncivilized attitude and the insubordination of your prime and subcontractors, is viewed by the state government as affront and an act of economic sabotage. It is the legitimate right of the state indigenes to participate in the business of your prime and subcontractors and the negation is of very serious concern to the state government.
“Please take note that no prime and subcontractors operating within the state territorial water shall be allowed to operate in the state without functional office”, he stressed.
He stressed that the Akwa Ibom State government would no longer condone the untoward attitude of oil firms and their contractors operating in the state.
The LCCMC Secretary lamented that several indigenes of the state recommended for employment as Community Interface Coordinators [CICs] or Community Liaison Officers [CLOs] had been turned down.
He said that the contractors to Total E & P Nigeria Limited were violating sections 25, 26, 27 and 28 (1, 2) of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010.