Some prominent Ijaw leaders under the auspices of the Ijaw Elders Forum (IEF), have called on the Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, to urgently set up an inquiry into the alleged plot by some highly placed persons in the corridors of power, to take over the state’s oil field.
In a statement released to journalists on Friday, September 10, the group stated that the call had become imperative, as traditional and social media have been flooded with stories that some persons in the corridors of power are seeking to take over the Atala Oil Fields located in OML 46.
They described the oil field as the prime asset of Bayelsa State and said nobody should be allowed to appropriate such for personal gains.
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The statement was jointly signed by the Secretary of the IEF, Mr. Efiye Bribena, Moderator, Ijaw Nation Forum, Mr. Ben Amaebi Okoro, BOT Chairman, Embasara Foundation, Chief Amagbe D. Kentebe, President, Homeland Chapter, Ijaw Professional Association (IPA), Hon. Iniruo Wills, President, IPA, Mr Elaye Otrofanowei, and President Ijaw Women Connect (IWC), Rosemary John-Oduone.
The Ijaw Elders, called on Governor Diri to urgently make a definitive statement on the true state of affairs and the prospects of recovering the valuable assets for the overall interest of the people.
They also called on the Bayelsa governor to, among other things, “institute a competent public inquiry to unravel the whole truth of the matter and make public its findings and recommendations.
The group also wants Diri to take any other appropriate legal action, including sanctions where deserving, and appoint a competent Board and management for the Bayelsa State Oil Company Limited (BOCL) that can effectively drive its operations and in particular pursue the recovery of this prized public asset”.
Governor Diri, had in July expressed shock over the Federal Government’s revocation of the oil field, stating that the marginal oil field remained the state’s prized asset to which it was sentimentally attached and urged the Federal Government to reconsider its decision on the matter.