OML 11: Our aim is to promote Rivers’ interest – Wike

Pictures: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike ( r) and President-General of Ogbakor Etche, Sir Machy Nwodim during a Solidarity Visit by the Ogbakor Etche on Tuesday at the Government House Port Harcourt.
Pictures: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike ( r) and President-General of Ogbakor Etche, Sir Machy Nwodim during a Solidarity Visit by the Ogbakor Etche on Tuesday at the Government House Port Harcourt.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the state government’s investment in Oil Mining License (OML) 11 is aimed at promoting the interest of host stakeholder communities and ensure peace for the operation of the oil facility.

Speaking during a Solidarity Visit by the Ogbakor Etche on Tuesday at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said the efforts of the Rivers State Government are geared towards ensuring that the communities get the best from the acquisition of OML 11.

He said: “What the Rivers State Government wants is for the interest of our state to be protected. Whoever that is coming to take over will have the interest of the communities protected.

“When the communities are part owners of OML 11, there will be peace. But some people sit down and engage in unnecessary propaganda”.

Governor Wike said that the acquisition of OML 11 is the height of resource control struggle.

He urged Ogoni people to appreciate the efforts of the Rivers State Government in this regard.

“When you talk about resource control, this is resource control. Instead of Ogoni people to thank us, they are allowing criminals, charlatans to go on radio and talk, with their leaders pretending not to be aware when they know.

“They talk as if OML 11 belongs to them alone, which is not correct. Etche, Bonny, Oyigbo, Ogu/Bolo and Okrika are part of OML 11”, he said.

Governor Wike took time to explain the process that led to the acquisition of OML 11. He said that the Rivers State Government stepped in after the High Court ordered the sale of Shell’s stakes already attached as part of the enforcement of the court judgment initiated by the Ebubu Community.

On the OML 25 which was eventually given to Shell Petroleum Development Company by the Federal Government, Governor Wike stated that a fraudulent businessman claimed that the Federal Government would grant him the license of the facility.

He noted that when it turned out that he was lying, the State Government worked with stakeholder communities to ensure that their interests were protected.

Governor Wike said it turned out that the businessman who sponsored falsehood on OML 25 was merely seeking surveillance and labour supply contracts from Shell Petroleum Development Company.

The Governor assured Etche people that his Administration would always invest in the development of the area. He outlined the projects that will be commissioned in Etche land during the first year of his second term.

He informed the Etche delegation that his administration will revive the Delta Rubber Company through Public-Private Partnership.

He added that by May 2020, the Rivers State Government will commission the Cassava Plant. He said that with the commissioning of the Cassava Plant, the Rivers State Government will purchase cassava from farmers at prevailing market prices for processing. He said that way the farmers will be empowered to remain in business.

Earlier, the President-General of Ogbakor Etche, Sir Machy Nwodim commended the Rivers State Government for acquiring the oil facility. He said as part owners of OML 11, Etche Ethnic Nationality views the action as a welcome development.

He appealed to the Rivers State Governor to take a similar action on OML 17, where the bulk of Etche oil is found.

While congratulating the Rivers State Governor on his electoral victory, he called for electronic voting to ensure credible violence-free elections in 2023.

The President-General of Ogbakor Etche urged the Rivers State Governor to sustain his developmental projects in Etche land and initiate new projects.

The Rivers State Government fully acquired Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) 45% interest in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 11 of the state following its auction by the High Court.

1 COMMENT

  1. Dear Governor Wike,

    You have an attitude which turns me off some time. I am an ardent believer of your governance before now. There are things I wont agree with you when it comes to OML11 . Resource control has to pass through a due process before any proceedings and implementation or even acquisition.

    It is not an affair that is conducted in the bedroom but stakeholders, community leaders, youths reps, agencies are involved from the beginning . In this regards the Ogonis has never said the OML 11 belongs to only the Ogonis rather record should be put straight because Ogonis has wasted blood of prominent men including Ken Saro Wiwa and Ogoni 12.

    What put Shell in the present situation today is not what Rivers State government, Etche, Bonny, Oyigbo, Ogu/Bolo and Okrika communities did but MOSOP campaign lead the way in the Niger Delta and let the entire world knows what Nigeria government and Shell was doing in Ogoniland and Niger Delta.

    I see sentiment in your comment when you said Ogoni people “They talk as if OML 11 belongs to them alone, which is not correct. Etche, Bonny, Oyigbo, Ogu/Bolo and Okrika are part of OML 11” I expect you to analyse how Rivers State government engage the owners of OML 11 in the process before the auction of OML 11, during the acquisition of the 45% and the policies you have put in place that will benefit the owners of OML 11 and people of Rivers State.

    If truly this will be for the benefit of the owners of OML 11 and Rivers people, why River State Government does not follow due process of resource control and engage the communities owners of OML 11? Why Rivers State government does not remember why Shell was stop since 1993 to operate in Ogoniland, Why Ken Saro Wiwa and other compatriot were killed ? Rivers State government have to address these issues before any acquisition.

    The people of Rivers State need peace and they want to live long. Not an environment of benzine in the atmosphere, Not a community without clean drinking water, good hospital, better road network, youth empowerment, good education. Rivers people are tired of fake promises and unfulfilled oath of office. Wike handles the issue of Resource control with local ideas in a 21st century. His government lack the tools that will promote and enhance a proper process on this matter.

    In this OML 11 , we see fake movement by the Rivers State Government because we are wiser than before. We see an attempt to drink more Ogoni blood because we have an unresolved case of UNEP REPORT and Wike is talking about 45% acquisition of OML 11. Ogoni doesn’t care how communities comes to pay you solidarity but what we want is due process of resource control. If you claim OML 11 is not only own by Ogonis then go and start your crude mining in other communities but leave Ogoni and their Oil blood.

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