By Kingsley Braide
The people of Koluama 1 Community in Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa State on Monday shut down an oil field operated by Continental Oil Company Limited.
They say the shutting down of the oil field was due to the delay of the company to renew and sign a Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) with their host communities in Koluama Clan.
The people of the community who carried placards with various inscriptions, said they will occupy the flow station and other facilities belonging to the company until a GMoU is entered with the communities.
Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the community, Chief Osuma Ikalama, said all efforts to meet and discuss with officials of the oil company have proved abortive as they have remained evasive.
He lamented that the management of the company refused to attend a joint meeting when invited by the state government to ensure that the relationship with the host communities did not degenerate to the current level.
Ikalama stated that the action of the community is as a result of the gross neglect by the company, stressing that the people of Kolouama 1 Community with not leave until their demands are met.
Also, speaking, Youth President the community, Mr. Emmanuel Philip, said the former GMoU signed by the company elapsed over a year ago and that based on the agreement it was supposed to be renewed six months before expiration.
The community relations office of the oil company has not made any statement concerning the issue, just as efforts to also reach officials of the oil company proved abortive as at the time of this report