A Bayelsa State lawmaker, Teddy Elemefuro, representing Yenagoa Constituency 3 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly has called on the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC); other Oil Companies and the Youths of his electoral Constituency to embrace peace.
According to the lawmaker the only panacea to development was peace.
He, therefore, called on the oil multinationals and the oil communities of the area to have a common understanding for peace to reign.
The lawmakers call for peace is coming on the heels of a recent conflict between the oil companies and the host community resulting from alleged non-implementation of GMoU in oil host communities of the area.
He urged the leadership of the host communities in the area to continue pleading with youths to sheathe their swords, noting that the prosperity government of Governor Douye Diri promised to henceforth monitor the signing and implementation of GMoUs in the state.
The conflict started in the Ikarama community a few days ago, when the youth intercepted a moving equipment believed to belong to the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) demanding settlement and implementation of terms of agreement contained in their GMoU with the company.
Upon the refusal of the multinational to do that, the youth deflated the tyres of the vehicle, and the company invited security operatives to contain the situation.
Elemefuro further condemned attempts by oil companies operating in the area to flagrantly disrespect their GMoUs with their host communities, described the environmental hazards committed in the area as having a toll on the people.
“Recently too I was part of the committee from the state assembly who accompanied the state Commissioner for Environment and some Federal lawmakers to visit sites of oil spills across the state.
“We visited my constituency and you just need to see the extent of environmental pollution there. It’s so bad that oil majors operating in our areas wouldn’t honour these GMoUs,” he said.