JTF in talks with Shell, communities over closure of flow station

Imiringi – A reconciliatory talks between Shell and
its four host communities in Ogbia, Bayelsa over
the shutdown of Kolo Creek flow station is
underway.
The media reports that Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel
Atewe, Commander of the JTF (Operation Pulo
Shield), summoned the parties on Friday when he
visited the flow station.
The four host communities, which shutdown the
Shell facility on Monday are Imiringi, Otuasega,
Oruma and Elebele, all in Ogbia Local Government
Area of the state.
In shutting down the facility, the communities also
suspended oil and gas production, locked up the
facility and sacked the oil workers.
Atewe had visited the facility and tried to compel
the communities to reopen and vacate the flow
station to enable the workers to resume
production, but the communities refused to shift
ground.

Some members of the communities, who
responded, told the JTF commander that the
officials of Shell had remained adamant in fulfilling
the company’s social obligation to the
communities.
According to them, the obligations are captured in
a subsisting Memorandum of Understanding
between the communities and Shell.
Chief Innocent Afagha, a landlord to Shell at
Imiringi, however pledged to give JTF a chance to
make peace.
An effort to get the spokesman for Shell, Joseph
Obari to comment on the development was
unsuccessful as he declined a request for
comments.
NAN checks on Saturday showed that the Kolo
Creek flow station remained closed, while the
meeting was ongoing at the headquarters of the
JTF in Yenagoa.

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