Koluama community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Tuesday shut down a crude production flow station in the community operated by Conoil Production.
The aggrieved members of the host community had besieged the production facility located at Ango Field in Koluama and forced the oil workers to shut down the facility and leave the site of the 30,000 barrels per day capacity flow station.
According to the Secretary of Koluama Kingdom Oil/Gas Committee, Jonathan Amabebe, “the Koluama community was compelled to take the action following the refusal of the oil company to dialogue on several outstanding issues, amongst which is the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of both parties, which has expired since 2020”.
Mr. Amabebe further disclosed that all entreaties to the oil company, through established channels, have been rebuffed and this is highly regrettable.
Reacting to the development, a community leader in Koluama 1, Young Fabby said the oil facility was forced to shut down to protest the firm’s insensitivity to its social obligations to the people.
Meanwhile the Bayelsa State Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Christiana Abiakam-Omanu has confirmed the presence of protesters at the oil facility but stated that only Conoil can confirm it was forced to shut down operations.
As of press time, Conoil’s spokesman, Abiodun Azeez was yet to comment on the development.