Oil Production: Bayelsa Govt Expresses Concern Over Communities Interference

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Yemisi Izuora

The Bayelsa state governor,  Seriake Dickson has called his people to order, appealing against interrupting oil firms carrying legitimate operations.

The governor frowned at their restiveness and warned oil producing communities in the state to desist from disrupting operations of oil firms, as the act is an invitation to anarchy.

He noted that such act was capable of tarnishing the reputation of the government and sending wrong signal to international investors.

Mr Felix Ayah, Special Adviser to the Governor on Oil and Gas, in a statement in Yenagoa, said the state government frowned at the incessant closures of operations of multinational oil firms by aggrieved communities.

The statement said that government would no longer tolerate such negative act from the oil communities.

“The state government heavily relies on oil revenue that accrued monthly to finance its development projects and hence any disruption negatively affects the economic fortunes of the state.

Since the activities of the government were anchored on transparency, love and development, Bayelsa people should close ranks to preserve the existing peace in the state” the statement said and advised indigenes to always toe the path of peace by channelling their grievances through the appropriate government quarters for attention.

It also appealed to multinationals operating in the state to live up to their social responsibilities to their host communities, stressing that no meaningful development can thrive in an atmosphere of rancour and acrimony.

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