….Says SPDC acquired property close to the size of Lagos Island in Bayelsa without making necessary payments
The Bayelsa State Governor, Honorable Henry Seriake Dickson has called on the Federal Government to prevail on the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC to pay its outstanding debts to the Bayelsa State Government.
According to a Government House press statement, signed by Francis Ottah Agbo, the Governor made the call recently at a meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and top officials of the firm.
The Governor said, the meeting with the Minister was important, because he was in a strategic position to use his goodwill to persuade the multinational oil firm to pay statutory bills and levies, which the company stopped paying after making an initial payment several years ago.
The agenda of the meeting was the enforcement notice for the Gbaraun-Ubie Integrated Oil and Gas facility among others.
Governor Dickson noted that, the SPDC had acquired a property close to the size of Lagos Island in the state, without making the necessary payments to the relevant agencies of the government.
While stressing that, his Government has created a conducive environment for investments to thrive, Governor Dickson reiterated his calls on multinational oil companies operating in the Niger Delta to show more seriousness and commitment to the development of their host communities.
He said the call became imperative, because the oil/gas company has a key role to play in the development of Bayelsa State and the Ijaw nation.
In his response, the representative of the SPDC, Engr Abubakar Ahmed expressed the willingness of SPDC to engage more with the state government, in order to resolve the lingering dispute.
The Minister advised the two parties to suspend all court cases relating to the matter and meet in two weeks to resolve the lingering dispute.