Mediation In Rivers, Bayelsa Oil Well Dispute Deadlocked

Mediation In Rivers, Bayelsa Oil Well Dispute Deadlocked

Mediation In Rivers, Bayelsa Oil Well Dispute Deadlocked

The peace talk initiated by the Federal Government to resolve the Soku/Oluasiri oil well dispute between Rivers and Bayelsa states ended in a deadlock on Wednesday.

Following what it perceived as an injustice, the Rivers State Government pulled out of the parley after openly accusing the Federal Government of bias.

The two states have been at daggers’ drawn over the ownership of the oil wells located at the border communities of Oluasiri and Soku.

Following the verbal war that deepened the crisis, the Federal Government, through the National Boundary Commission, had raised a panel to resolve the matter that had generated bad blood between the two states.

The Wednesday meeting, which was held at the Banquet Hall, Yenagoa, at the instance of NBC, witnessed a joint meeting of officials on Bayelsa/Rivers interstate boundary to discuss the report of the Joint Technical Committee.

Before the Wednesday parley, the joint technical committee had met on Tuesday in Yenagoa and harmonised a report that was signed by the representatives of all the parties.

But trouble started when the Rivers State delegation, led by the state’s Deputy Governor, Mr. Tele Ikuru, jettisoned the report and threatened to stage a walkout from the meeting.

He was, however, persuaded by the leader of Bayelsa State delegation, Deputy Governor John Jonah, who insisted that both states should find a way to resolve the matter.

Ikuru, in a paper that contained the position of his state, accused the agencies of the Federal Government involved in the conflict resolution, including the NBC, of being unjust.

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