Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State Friday in Asaba doused the increasing tension over the non-inclusion of host communities in the sale of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) stakes in OML 26 and OML 30 and assured that there was no need for them to resort to violence.
Uduaghan, who stated this during a meeting with traditional rulers and opinion leaders from the communities which cut across Isoko, Urhobo and Ndokwa ethnic groups, said there was no cause for alarm as their grievances would be personally taken before the presidency.
He said the issue of the ownership of the joint venture and 50 per cent equity participation would be tabled before the Presidency and the outcome made known to the communities.
According to him, “I want to assure that I will seek audience first with the Minister of Petroleum and then with the Mr. President. I will let them know that this is the position of the communities which is generating some tension in the oil producing communities”.
Uduaghan charged them not to engage in acts that could stop oil producing companies from operating.
He called on the leaders and stakeholders in the oil sector to re-strategise especially when dealing with security issues so that there would be enduring peace in the area.
“Let us allow peace to reign in oil producing communities. Let us not prevent oil companies from production. Traditional rulers should ensure that there is peace because without peace no production can go on,” he pleaded.