The infield surveillance workers from OML30 cluster 5,6,,8 and 9 area B, at the weekend staged a peaceful protest over infield covert surveillance contract won by CMD LTD, an indigenous contractors from Oleh community Oml 30, an unlawful act by Heritage energy operational services limited (HEOSL) to manipulate an indigenous contractors.
The workers in their numbers blocked the entrance of Heritage energy operational services limited Field logistics Base (FLB) Oleh, chanting songs of Manipulation and deprivation with placards having inscription as, “NEPL/Shoreline Order Heritage to release the award letter to CMD LTD An indigenous contractor from Oleh community Cluster 5, OML30”, “Heritage “C&P” Department, “We have not seen were a kick up meeting was held with a winning contractor after two to three weeks, and the same mail was also given to another contractor who is not from Oml 30 AND DID NOT EVEN BID FOR AREA B.
Others are ” NEPL Manager/ shoreline natural resources LTD and Heritage Energy operational services limited,TEZINO NIG LTD is from Oml 26 NOT OML 30″
In line with OML30 “GMOU” Signed by all parties, All surveillance contracts are for indigenous contractors which powered the host communities president General from AREA B ISOKO to recommend host communities Contractors for the infield surveillance contract for the company to select the capable one among them, But the Controversial CDB Board chairman, High Chief Iduh Amadhe and Others Hijacked the contract to a non indigenous contractors from OFAGBE Community OML 26.
Speaking to newsmen, Chief Efe Olunata from Cluster 8 OML30 Otor Owhe community said,
HEOSL sent ITT to only contractors from area A (Urhobo) and B ( Isoko), and the contractors were screened by HESOL, NEPL and Shoreline natural resources LTD, after due Diligence by HEOSL and his JVs partners NEPLand shoreline natural resources LTD.
A Counteroffer with congratulations mail was sent by Chuks from C&P department HESOL to CMD LTD on the 27th of November 2023 who is an indigenous contractors from Oleh community OML 30 To accept HESOL conteroffer for the contract.
Chief Efe Olunata posited that CMD LTD immediately sent an acceptance mail to the HESOL C&P department,C&P department HEOSL also used the same mail to invite CMD LTD management for a kick off meeting with HEOSL security manager at heritage energy operational services limited office Edjeba Warri delta state, which CMD LTD management attended where C&P department Engr chuks introduced CMD LTD to HESOL security manager as the winner of infeild surveillance contract AREA B ISOKO
He noted that CMD LTD preferred former contract staff that have experience,
He further stated that the company’s rules of engagement contradict counteroffer of contract to two contractors for the same contracts.
Chief Efe Olunata added that the infield covert surveillance host community workers for AREA B will resist the double contract counteroffer by C&P department of Heritage energy operational services limited, emphasizing that the JVs partners HEPL and shoreline natural resources LTD should order Heritage energy operational services limited, operators of OML 30 oil firm to resolve their grievance, failure to do so within one week, the company facilities will be shut down in AREA B.
Also speaking, Prince Ogologo Meshach from Uzere cluster 9 OML30 said, on April 2023, HESOL and JVs partners HEPL/Shoreline asked all infield contract staff to leave the field as the former contractor Morma marine owned the workers backlog of salaries, noting that Heritage management promised to engage a competent contractor that will carry all the coordinators and workers along without oweing them
He further stated that letters were sent to HEOSL at Ejeba office, DSS Asaba and NEPL Benin to notify the company over the unlawful act of HEOSL in OML 30 over INFIELD SURVEILLANCE CONTRACT.
On his part, Prince Collins Idama from Cluster 5 Oleh community corroborated saying Vice chairman / CEO CMD LTD who won the contract is from Oleh community Cluster 5, adding that the kick-off meeting was scheduled for 27th of December 2023 as confirmed by the security manager Mr. Hemman of Heritage Energy Operational Services limited.
He further stated that at the kick off meeting with HESOL C&P personnel Engr Chuks and security manager, fixed a meeting to meet with CMD LTD management at their operational office Oleh Isoko south local government area of Delta State on how workers can move to the field to protect every day valving and vandalisation.
Responding DSS Denis Okeh of HEOSL promised to transmit the protest message to Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited management, noting that subsequent copies of protest letters be given to them for early response.
The workers also took the protest to Isoko Development Union secretariat, just as the president general, Prof. Chris Akpotu assured of amicable resolution of by the issues at the ongoing 2023 delegate conference.