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People from some oil-bearing communities in Rivers and Bayelsa states who ought to enjoy the benefits that accrue from oil and gas exploration in their areas are now ruing letting International Oil Companies (IOCs) into their lands.
The lamentations of the communities were brought to the fore when the Gas Alert for Sustainable Initiative (GASIN) held a conference in Port Harcourt with the people, IOCs and government regulatory agencies.
With the themed “Towards a Sustainable Relationship Between Oil Operators and Host Communities: The Roles of Government, Oil Operators and Host Communities,” the conference drew participants from six communities from Rivers and Bayelsa states, government regulatory agencies such as National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), National Environmental Standard Regulation Agency (NESRA), Rivers State Ministry of Environment. Incidentally, members of staff of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) were absent, thus aggravating the lamentations of the people.
The communities that attended the conference were Akala-Olu; Enito II; Oshie from Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State while those from Bayelsa State came from Koroama; Obunagha and Polaku from Yenagoa Local Government Area.
In his speech, King Funpere Akah of Gbarain Clan in Koroama said it is regrettable that “we are talking about our problems and those who are to help in solving the problems are not here. Next time if you know they will not come, please do not invite us.”
Akah lamented that SPDC has not helped his community as the coming of the company to their land has brought all manner of troubles to them.
The royal father pointed out that insecurity is a big threat to the community because “the place is now a safe haven for hoodlums, armed robbers and kidnappers who even attempted to kidnap me last year if not for divine intervention.”
Continuing, Akah said despite that the residents of the Koroama community cannot sleep with their two eyes closed, “one member of staff of SPDC will be moving about with two security vehicles” adding that “if they are securing themselves; they should also secure us.”
He also accused government of not giving them a sense of belonging.
He also said the community that produces gas which is being used to light up other parts of Nigeria, is groping in darkness, with electricity distribution company in their area sending them a bill of about N99 million for one year.
Akah also lamented that his people can no longer harvest palm fruits “because everywhere is criss-crossed by oil-pipelines.”
How do you get them to address our problems? Next time, if you know they will not come, please do not invite me.
The Spokesman of Akala-Olu community in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr Odums .S. Odums said his people are living in ocean and as such they are exposed to gas flaring while their rain water is polluted.
Just like Akah, he lamented  that the social problems and hardship his people are contending with for allowing IOCs to come and explore oil in the land, are now making people to age faster and their women always having waist pains.
Mr Thompson Pere from Obunagha community in Bayelsa State said his people are assailed by three predicaments that bother on gas flaring; oil spillage and their lives.
Pere said gas flaring has been their lot since oil companies began operation in their land, thus exposing them to danger.

“Gas flaring is now cracking our roofs, water that we used to drink has no meaning again and our cash crops are now affected.”
He also said due to the operations of the oil companies, they have been witnessing oil spillage which pollute potable water and destroy aquatic life.
Continuing, Pere stated that “since Oil Company stepped into our land, our social lives have been affected and anti-social behaviours which we did not experience in the yesteryear are now the order of the day as youths now indulge in cultism, armed robbery and other acts of criminality.”
Speaking for Kula community in Rivers State, King Barnabas Kurule said: “Oil and gas companies have caused a lot of damage to us. Due to their operations, we do not know when there are rainy and dry seasons.”
Apart from the devastating effects of frequent oil spill in the land, Kurule added that “vibration of our land does not allow us to sleep well at night.”
Others who spoke on behalf of other communities that attended the conference reeled off litanies of woes that have become their lot since the IOCs commenced operations in their land.
They, in one accord, appealed to GASIN to assist them in urging the companies to ameliorate their condition.
In a 19-point communiqué they issued at the end of the conference and which was signed by all the participants present, they, among others, called on government and the IOCs “to provide adequate social amenities for the host communities to ameliorate the hazards caused by their operations.”
However, speaking to declare the conference open, the Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Environment, Mr. Emmanuel Oye lamented the difficult situation that the people are in.
Oye also said it is unfortunate that “we have been hit from both sides-the communities, government and the companies” pointing out that “some of these processes of change take time to begin to manifest.”
He also urged the people to embrace peace and accept whatever is being put in place to solve the problems.
In his welcome address, the Executive Director of GASIN, Rev, Fr. Edward Obi explained that the responsibility of his organisation over the years is to establish a tripartite relationship between government/the regulatory agencies, the communities and the oil and gas companies for harmonious existence.
Obi also said “forming the tripartite relationship is good because it prevents a situation whereby communities lock up company gates. Oil companies do not exist in a vacuum. They exist here and when they come, they have to do what is right for the people and vice versa.”
He insisted that the relationship has worked before and it will work again in Niger Delta.
In his speech, the Port Harcourt Zonal Director of NOSDRA, Mr Cyrus Nkangwung advised that “everybody should be seen as owners of the oil God has put in the land.”
Nkangwung, who commended GASIN for ensuring that good relationship exists among the communities, the government/government regulatory agencies and IOCs, also urged the communities “to ensure that no oil spill occurs because if it does, it is the communities that suffer most.”
He further expressed the Federal Government’s desire to clean the Niger Delta region “which it has started with the clean-up of Ogoni land.”

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