The host communities of multinational oil companies operating in the Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state have called for the immediate implementation of the General Memorandum of Understanding, GMOU to ensure that all communities are captured into the financial scheme of the oil companies.
During a meeting of key community-based stakeholders, community development chairmen, and youth presidents in oil-bearing communities in the Southern Ijaw local government area, the group stressed that host communities in the area have not been benefiting from oil companies.
The meeting which was graced by twenty-eight oil-bearing communities pointed out that for many years, multinationals liaising with enemies of Southern Ijaw to sabotage the livelihood of host communities in the LGA have reached their waterloo as they would work in unity to ensure that justice prevails.
In a joint statement signed by the host communities, the spokesman, Barrister Tonye Bunu demanded provision of social amenities, inter-community link roads, improvement of electricity supply among others.
‘‘As a host community, we demand the establishment of a liaison office in Yenagoa, the state capital, for effective communication between the oil companies and community representatives.
‘‘Provision of social amenities such as pipe-borne water, electricity, and building of modern hospitals in all host communities. Consideration of monthly stipends to host communities for all indigenes.
‘‘Improvement of electricity supply as well as a constant supply of diesel to communities whose power supply can no longer meet the increasing population.
‘‘Constitution of the intercommunity links roads and internal roads in host communities. Construction of modern primary and secondary schools, modern libraries, and the award of scholarships to indigenes of the communities from secondary to a tertiary institutions.
‘‘Establishment of skills acquisition centers in each of the clans that make up the Southern Ijaw local government area. Surveillance contracts should be given directly to the host community’’ the group said.
The host communities however demanded a running pipeline in the community to foster speedy and effective communication between the multinationals and the host communities.
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