Resolution of the House of Reps committee of Oil Producing Status of the Oro Communities of Akwa Ibom State
- Saturday, 19 May 2012
- By Michael Ukanga Ekpo
Note From Member, House of Representative, Hon Robinson Uwak - Following the deliberation and adoption of the report of the House Investigative Committees on the Oil Producing Status of Oro Communities, I herein share with you the resolutions of the House of Representatives:
The House hereby resolves:
1. That the Federal Government duly recognize the five LGA of Mbo, Udung Uko, Okobo, Oron, and Urue Offong/Oruko, as Oil Producing/Catchment Areas; and further urge the Akwa Ibom State Government to do the same.
2. That any Oil/Gas Companies operating in Oro Communities should put in place an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for proper partnership with the people, and fulfill their Corporate Social Responsibility and also abide by the Nigerian Local Content Laws.
3. That in appointments into Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Board, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, etc the five LGAs be considered, being Oil and Gas Producing/Catchment Areas.
4. That Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) be carried out on the 5 LGAs of Oro Communities.
5. That the National Boundary Commission and the Ministry of Lands and Surveys of Akwa Ibom State be urged to look into the boundary issues between Mbo and Ibeno LGAs, with a view to coming up with an acceptable boundary.
6. That the Ministry of Environment direct its relevant agencies to visit the 5 LGAs concerned in order to establish the extent of pollution, ensure immediate cleanup of the polluted areas and the restoration of the affected areas, as well as ensure payments of the adequate compensation within 6 months.
7. That Shell Petroleum Development Company should visit all the capped oil wells in Esuk Inwang in Okobo LGA, Oduo in Mbo LGA, and Udung Uwe in Urue Offong/Oruko LGA, cleanup the environmental pollution, and repair them for the safety of the Communities.
8. That the House Committee on Environment should monitor the compliance with the resolutions of the House and report back in 6 weeks.
While reacting to the resolution Mr Michael Ntekim had this to say;"The game is finally up for the thieving scoundrels that totally forgot that tomorrow will come and is here now. The house Committees have done a great job in bringing to limelight d atrocities of these people. But I expected them to recommend an investigation into what became of revenues that should accrue to Oron Communities from d excess crude account and how it was spent. Akwa Ibom people deserve to know why these Communities were not accorded their rights, why our ruler in spite of having facts at his disposal turned the other way. Who and where the excess crude funds rightly paid by the federal Government to Akwa Ibom went. Why it has taken an embarrassing expose by the house investigative committees to bring these to light. Please let the questions begin.
Akwa Ibom State has just recieved over N21.3billion Naira as allocation for the Month, how much of this monies gets to the Oil producing communities in whatever form?
Michael Ukanga Ekpo
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