From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mele Kyari is expected to lead a high powered delegation to Kula on September 28, 2019 with a view to the re-opening of OML 25 Flow Station in the area which was shutdown over two years ago due to a protracted dispute between Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC and its Host Communities.
The move followed a peace agreement brokered by the Group Managing Director of NNPC and the new Minister of State for Petroleum Timipre Sylva between Shell and Belemaoil Producing Limited.
The Founder and President of Belemaoil Engr. Jack-Rich Tein Junior gave the hint at a meeting with the Host Communities of OML25 and Special Thanksgiving Service in Kula.
He said under the peace agreement, while Shell retain the Operatorship License of the oil facility, Belemaoil will control Maintenance, Operation, Employment, Contracts and Surveillance jobs. Engr. Jack-Rich further explained that both companies will jointly handle the developmental needs of the Host Communities.
According to Engr. Jack-Rich “the agreement enables Belemaoil and Shell to work together, Shell remains the License Owner, remains the License Operator, Belemaoil will be responsible for Operation and Maintenance, Belemaoil will employ the personnel in the entire field, Belemaoil will ensure that all the Surveillance and Patrol Services are carried out in the field. Belemaoil and Shell will jointly work with the Host Communities to understand their developmental programmes and needs and ensure that they are carried out to the satisfaction of the communities. It is a critical deal, it is a win-win deal were everybody is happy. The GMD of NNPC made this happened at the instance of the Federal Government. While this issue lasted everyone was hurt, the government were hurt, the communities were hurt, all stakeholders wanted this resolved amicably. The outcome of the peace deal enables all parties to be happy”.
Jack-Rich Tein Jr while addressing the Host Communities at a meeting in Kula and Special Thanksgiving Service at the Faith Anglican Church Kula said the peaceful resolution of the protracted dispute over OML25 calls for unity among all sons and daughters of Kula Kingdom. He advocated an end to all forms of hatred, division and acrimony among the people while love lives in Kula.
Engr. Jack-Rich Tein Jr. “I also pledged to ensure that opportunities are created for all sons and daughters of Belema Community, Offoin-Ama Community and the entire Kula Kingdom, they are all sons and daughters of Kula. I promise to carry everybody along in my empowerment programme, I said to the Group Managing Director of NNPC that yes I’m going to do it because even while I was pursuing OML25 there were those who didn’t support Belemaoil but today they are all benefitting from Belemaoil. Now is the time to forget about the past, now is the time to ensure that we live together as one united Kula, It is not a time for you to say A was bad, B was good, C is most excellent, no, let move forward because the victory is not to Belemaoil but to Nigeria and you that have made this victory a possibility. Hate is dead in Kula Kingdom while Love now lives”.
On his part, His Roya Highness, King Bourdillon Allen Ekine, Oko XXVIII, Owner of Belema Community where OML25 is situated, described the Founder and President of Belemaoil as the Moses of the people sent by God to liberate them from enslavement and backwardness. He prayed that God blesses him saying that heaven is his limit. King Bourdillon also prayed that more oil blocs be allocated to him by the federal government.
Also speaking, the Spokesperson of Belema Community, Chief Fiala Okoye-Davies described the Founder and President of belemaoil as eminent Ambassador of Kula Kingdom, a Trail Blazer, a Pathfinder, a High Flier, and a Pacesetter. He said Engr. Jack-Rich Tein Jr has made Kula proud and will continue to make the area proud. He said “the late eminent sage of the South West Obafemi Awolowo once said that the day Kula will arise the whole world will know about her. Today is one of the remarkable day that the whole world is shaking, everybody want to associate with Kula”.
Chairman of Offoin-Ama Council of Chiefs and Spokesman of Offoin-Ama Community Chief Ibiyosia Nath-Sukubo described the peaceful resolution of the OML25 dispute as a major milestone in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas industry and its operations in the Niger Delta. He said it is one of its kind that has happened to a Niger Delta Community.
Also speaking, the Publicity Secretary of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe described the resolution of the OML25 dispute as a down of a new beginning in the history Kula that would engender rapid economic transformation of the area. He thanked the Leader of PANDEF Chief Edwin Clark for his uncommon efforts in the OML25 agitation.
Prayers and glowing speeches were made at the Special Thanksgiving Service in Kula in honour of the Founder and President of Belemaoil Engr. Jack-Rich Tein Jr following the resolution of the OML25 dispute.