Prominent leaders in Opu Nembe community (Nembe-Bassambiri) in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State under the aegis of Concerned Sons and Daughters of Opu Nembe have distanced themselves from the purported quit notice served on Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Limited over the operations of Oil Mining License (OML) 29.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by Mr Numoipre Dede, Mrs Love Ayebaemi, Mr Monday Ozo, Mr Moses Dambo, Mrs Peace Amabite, Mr Samuel Appolo, Mr Ololo Bara and Mr Owei and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.
They alleged that some persons behind the quit notice to Aiteo were desperate because of the termination of their contracts due to incompetence and its re-award to more competent indigenous contractors.
The leaders while insisting that the community should not be dragged into personal issues between some members of the Council of Chiefs and Aiteo declared that Aiteo as an oil company had done well for the community and deserved all forms of support it could get.
The statement read: “Aiteo has done some commendable things which deserve our commendation as a community. These include prompt replacement of the community 1000KVA generator and provision of incentives through festive periods.”
They added that Aiteo is one of the oil companies that pay higher remuneration to unskilled workers in Nigeria.
“Aiteo involves more indigenous contractors than the former operator of OML 29. It is on record that the number of indigenous contractors involved in providing services is higher than any previous time.
“We believed this, in turn, created more employment opportunities for the youths that led to a reduction in social vices and other criminal activities in our waterways like sea-piracy.”
The Council of Chiefs had at a press conference last weekend asked Aiteo to hands off the operation of OML 29 declaring the company persona non grata in the area over what it claimed was the shabby treatment that was meted out to the people of the community.