FG SET TO ADDRESS PROBLEMS IN OIL COMMUNITIES

The Federal Government, in collaboration with the Imo State Government, has set up a technical committee to look into the problems and challenges confronting the oil producing communities in the state and find a way to ameliorate them.

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. IbeKachukwu, announced this during an interaction with the stakeholders in the oil industry and the host communities of Oguta and Ohaji/Egbema at the government house Owerri.

Mr. Kachukwu who noted the committee was expected to submit a report within thirty days said that the move was to maintain the peace and process in the communities as well as to create adequate opportunity for youths to be fully engaged.

According to him, the committee will be chaired by the state government while the Federal Ministry of Petroleum, representatives of oil companies and the oil producing communities are members.

“What I think will happen is if you look over things like Egbema where there is a collective investment and collective activities, then it will benefit the entire populace and everybody will be happy.”

Earlier, the Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha stressed that Imo as the only state with large quantity of gas that would serve the entire country, noting that the state is faced with neglect in terms of power generation and distribution of resources.

Governor Okorocha appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that Egbema power plant were completed and functional to serve the good people of Nigeria.

Some of the stakeholders in the meeting, especially the traditional rulers and youths, called for the need to inaugurate the Niger Delta development Commission (NDDC) Board and Commission in the state to help speed up development in the area and reduce tension.

CHUKWUKA AGUKWE

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