TO forestall disagreement between oil companies, the Ndemili, Umusadege Community, Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State has set up a 5-man committee to liaise with all oil companies having anything to do with the community.
The committee is to act on all matters concerning and connecting the community with PAN Ocean Oil Corporation or any other prospecting oil company with to explore, drill or lay pipeline on any part of Ndemili Community land and to negotiate, contact and reach understanding with the company before the commencement of any activity.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Onotu-Uku of Umusadege, Chief Adoh Ugbomeh and the Secretary to the Onotu-Uku-in-Council, Chief Enebeli John and made available to newsmen.
According to the community, “any contract, negotiation or understanding by oil companies for peaceful working relationship with Ndemili, Umusadege Community must be with members of the committee,” adding, “Ndemili community is an amiable host community which is willing to work with all companies and individuals on terms as seem appropriate between the company and the committee on behalf of the community.”
They stated that the setting up of the committee was to ensure that there is due process to forestall possible break done of law and order if such was not done.
The Committee which has Dr Festus Ada as Chairman, and Barrister Sunday Ebeifenadi as Secretary and Legal Adviser, Mr George Nzei as member, Chief Anthony Osumili as member and a representative of the youths as member.
“Ndemili community is a peaceful-loving community of informed law-abiding citizens,” the statement read.