DELTA ATTORNEY-GENERAL MEETS WITH TRADITIONAL RULERS OF OIL BEARING COMMUNITIES

Sat Sep 17

THE DELTA STATE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND COMMISSIONER FOR JUSTICE, MR. PETER MRAKPOR HAS SET OUT MODALITIES FOR THE FINAL DISBURSEMENT OF THE 3% DUE TO TRADITIONAL RULERS IN OIL MINING LEASE (OML 30) AS SPELT OUT IN THE GMOU AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE OIL BEARING COMMUNITIES AND NPDC. HE DID THIS AT A MEETING HE HELD WITH TRADITIONAL RULERS IN OML 30 COMMUNITIES IN DELTA STATE, ON MONDAY 11TH JANUARY 2016.

THE RIGOUROUS MEETING INVOLVING THE 29 TRADITIONAL RULERS DRAWN FROM IJAW, URHOBO, ISOKO, OKPE AND ITSEKIRI KINGDOMS WAS HELD AT THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE , WARRI TO DISCUSS MODALITIES FOR THE FINAL DISBURSEMENT OF THE 3% PROJECT FUNDS SET ASIDE FOR TRADITIONAL RULERS UNDER THE EXECUTED GMOU AGREEMENT.

THE ROYAL FATHERS AFTER A RIGOUROUS SESSION LATER AGREED THAT THE OIL COMPANY SHOULD DISBURSE THEIR 3% DUE TO THEM THROUGH THEIR VARIOUS CLUSTERS AGAINST OTHER DISSENTING SHARING FORMULAS.

THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL WHO WAS REPRESENTED AT THE MEETING BY THE DIRECTOR DEPARTMENT OF PEOPLES' RIGHTS, MR. OMAMUZO EREBE, WHILE WELCOMING THE 29 TRADITIONAL RULERS TO THE MEETING, SAID THE NEGOTIATION OF THE GMOU WHICH WAS MIDWIFED BY THE DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE STATE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE AMONGST OTHERS PROVIDED FOR THE 3% OF THE PROJECT FUNDS TO THE ROYAL FATHERS IN OML 30 FOR THEIR MAINTENANCE.

EARLIER, THE ROYAL FATHERS WHO EXPRESSED DISSATISFACTION WITH THE 3% SET ASIDE FOR THEM WHICH THEY DESCRIBED AS TOO MEAGRE, ACCUSED THE MANAGEMENT OF NPDC OF NEGLECT AND DELIBERATELY SIDELINING THEM IN THE NEGOTIATION PROCESS THAT LED TO THE SIGNING OF THE GMOU BETWEEN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THE OIL COMPANY. THEY UNANIMOUSLY CALLED ON THE MANAGEMENT OF THE OIL COMPANY TO LIAISE WITH THEM DIRECTLY IN FUTURE NEGOTIATIONS AND CALLED FOR AN UPWARD REVIEW OF THE AMOUNT DUE TO THEM.

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