The Civil Liberty Organization (CLO) in Bayelsa State has charged Governor Douye Diri to investigate and bring to justice those responsible for the revocation of the state’s oilfield, OML 46.
Chairman of the CLO, Alabo Nengi James, and secretary, Alagoa Morris, stated this in a statement released in Yenagoa on Thursday, September 24.
The rights group frowned at the dysfunctional state of the oilfield, saying the facility would have helped in the employment of many Bayelsans and shore up the state’s revenue base if it was in good use.
The CLO blamed previous administrations for failing to utilize the oilfield, adding that some highly placed public officials in the state have contributed to compromising the state ownership of the facility.
The statement read in part: “Interestingly, the CLO has keenly followed public concerns on the subject matter, as expressed on the streets, social media as well as print and electronic media.
“CLO’s interest flows from the fact the Atala facility allocated to Bayelsa State since the administration of Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha could have reduced the unemployment level in the state, increased revenue accrual to Bayelsa and assisted in meeting some of the developmental aspirations of the state.
“The multiplier effect could have been felt in our quest for a better-developed state. Unfortunately, no revenue from Atala oilfield had reflected during even the monthly transparency briefings of the state government.
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“This is where the CLO blames past administrations in the state for solely relying on Abuja for monthly allocation, failure to ensure the development and effective utilisation of the Atala facility– that is now taken from the back door by some individuals; allegedly aided by some unscrupulous Bayelsans who have been privileged to occupy sensitive public offices in the state.
“This matter should be properly investigated and findings made public in the common interest of all Bayelsans.
“Anyone found culpable should be sanctioned. Atala oilfield should remain a facility for Bayelsa State; with right to partner with interested local and international investors”.