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Okowa mediates in oil firm, Umusadege community faceoff

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Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has brokered peace between Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Limited in Umusadege-Ogbe Community, Ndokwa West Council Area of the state.

Rising from a meeting that was attended by representatives of the community at the weekend that lasted several hours, both parties commended Okowa for mediating and restoring peace between them.

Okowa, who was represented by the Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Emmanuel Amgbaduba, said the state government was committed to the sustenance of peace in the state with a view to creating an enabling environment for investors.He said, “I appeal to the management of Midwestern Oil and Gas to do everything possible to pacify the community as they were aggrieved by the death of their sons. I also charge representatives of the community to be realistic in their demands.”

Spokespersons for the Umusadege-Ogbe Community, Chief Godwin Onwuse and Chief Dennis Okoh, listed the community’s demand to include a befitting burial for the deceased and scholarships for their children.

They also requested economic empowerment for the widows of the deceased, employment of two community youths to replace the deceased and building of two- bedroom apartment each for their families, among other demands.

Responding, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Midwestern Oil and Gas, Charles Odita apologised to the community for his inability to attend previous peace meetings, which he attributed to the dicey situation, flight cancellation and other unavoidable factors.He commiserated with the community over the death of the two youths who were employees of the company’s security consultant, Tana Securities and promised to give N3 million to anyone with useful information that would lead to the arrest of those behind their murder.

Speaking, representative of Ndokwa West constituency in the state House of Assembly, Charles Emetulu and Commissioner for Youth Development, Ifeanyi Egwunyenga appealed to the management of Midwestern Oil and Gas to do everything possible to meet the demands of the community because of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the youths.

The management of Midwestern Oil and Gas would meet representatives of Umusadege-Ogbe Community to brainstorm on a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and to finalise agreements on the other demands.

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