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Published On: Thu, Nov 15th, 2018

HOSTCOM Urges FG To Shun Illegal Protest Against Ocean Marine At Asaba

Captain Hosa Okunbo

LAGOS NOVEMBER 15TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The leadership of Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas ( HOSTCOM) on Wednesday in Warri, Delta State advised the Federal Government to shun the unauthorized and illegal protest organise by some unknown youths at Asaba against Ocean Marine and Captain Hosa Okunbo over the pipeline surveillance job.
It described publications as false and misleading, adding that it was made by unknown youths and ex-militants who are not from host communities.
The group commended the Federal Government for awarding the pipeline surveillance contract in OML30 to Ocean Marine Solutions limited, owned by a Niger Deltan, Captain Hosa Okunbo.
In a statement signed by the National Chairman, Chief Benjamin Tamaranebi, National Secretary, Dr. Peter Egedegbe, Delta State Chairman, Evangelist Gabriel Isibeluo, and seven others made available to Urhobotoday.com, HOSTCOM also demanded for direct engagement of indigenes, youths and ex-militants from the oil producing communities.
” The major concern of HOSTCOM therefore is to ensure that the direct indigenes of these communities housing these critical facilities/pipelines are engaged directly instead of the previous cases whereby persons were engaged from outside the communities. Youths and ex-militants who are indigenes of oil producing communities should be engaged to watch over the facilities/pipelines.
“The capacity of Ocean Marine Solutions to deliver on the Trans-Forcados Pipeline surveillance is a laudable idea that is welcomed and supported by all stakeholders. The success story of the company in securing and maintaining uninterrupted operations of critical assets such as the Escravos-Warri Refinery and Bonny-Port Harcourt crude oil pipelines is a clear attestation of the company’s leadership in the oil and gas and maritime industry,” the statement read.
They also called on government to direct International Oil Companies IOCs to relocate their Headquarters to Niger Delta, passage of the PIB bill, which contains 10% Equity Participation Fund for oil and gas communities and prompt payment of Gas Flares Penalty fine to host communities before 2019 general elections.

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