Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has decried non-implementation of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by some oil companies operating in the state, resulting in neglect of their host communities.
He expressed displeasure with the development when he received the youths of Ndokwa led by their President-General, Anslem Nzete, in Asaba yesterday.
Okowa said he was disappointed at some of the companies for failing to partner the state government to develop the host communities in spite of the peace they enjoy in their domains.
The governor stated that apart from Energia Limited that has been doing a few things for its host community, the others hardly keep to their MoUs, saying the development was not fair.
He, however, assured that he would put pressure on the firms to look into the Okpai Road and other infrastructure needs of the area, saying: “If we have taken the bridge project, which is a major aspect from them, they should show signs of partnership to take up some other aspects. If they fail to do that, we will put them under pressure.”
On marginal oil fields, Okowa stated that no stone would be left unturned in ensuring that the people were not short-changed in the process, adding: We know that the current quantum cannot be what it used to be 10 years ago.