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Host communities fault Dickson’s panel on pipeline surveillance contracts


[FILES] Governor Seriake Dickson

Host communities in Bayelsa State, under the auspices of the Integrated Oil and Gas Host Communities, have kicked against the setting up of a panel of enquiry by the Bayelsa State Government into the activities of pipeline contractors.

Chairman of the board, Mr. Gift Ebiki, while addressing a press conference in Yenagoa, described the panel of enquiry as an avenue to witch-hunt members of opposition parties, particularly All Progressives Congress (APC) members involved in the oil pipeline surveillance contract in the state.

Ebiki said: “That the restoration government painted a picture that the commission of enquiry being set up is to investigate activities of pipeline surveillance contractors in the state; but it is a known fact that the prime targets are host communities surveillance contractors.

“That the government of Bayelsa State does not have the support of the host communities to carry out its intended plan to ridicule our members through its commission of enquiry.

“That we the surveillance contractors are indigenes of oil and gas host communities.

“That the panel of enquiry is targeted at contractors from the opposition parties who maintain the right of belonging to any political party of their choice.

“That the oil companies, mostly the Nigeria Agip Oil Company Ltd (NAOC) and the Shell Petroleum Development Company Ltd (SPDC) and so on have been very magnanimous in embarking on developmental projects and providing basic social amenities to the host communities.

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