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NEWS UPDATE: Bayelsa: NCDMB breaks silence, warns against protest by HOSTCOM

NEWS UPDATE: Bayelsa: NCDMB breaks silence, warns against protest by HOSTCOM

The direction of the Nigerian Content Evolution and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has finally given clarifications on the protestation embarked upon by youths and members of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) at its headquarters in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa Province working capital.

NCDMB also warned against what they described as HOSTCOM’s misconceived and unwarranted activity which has caused the province a lot in the past times weeks, noting that It is shocking and absolutely galling that the grouping seems to be totally oblivious of the consequences of their illegal activity of obstructing and preventing oil and gas transactions with the board for 2 weeks running, knowing the criticality of oil and gas operations to Nigeria’s economical survival.

Recall that DAILY POST had before reported that hundreds of protesters besieged and closed downwardly activities at the headquarters of NCDMB.

The aggrieved youths and members of HOSTCOM were later said to have been considered and given some slots but they rejected the offering of preparation just 100 youths from the before agreed and approved 1000 youths from over 850 communities in the 8 local authorities areas of the province.

In a statement, issued and sent to DAILY POST by the Full general Manager Corporate Communications/Zonal Coordination, NCDMB, Engr. Ginah O. Ginah, the board highlighted its core functions as it relates to the host communities and other parts of the country.

The statement reads “We, the Direction of NCDMB, have watched with dismay the needless disruptive protests by members of Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) and their allies since finally week, despite all entreaties by the Province Governor, His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri as good as other well-meaning citizens and groups in Bayelsa Province for them to terminate the violent protests and explore the alternative of dialogue.

“In view of the flagrant refusal to vacate the siege on our business office and quit violence, we are constrained to issue this release to debunk the deliberate falsehood and distorted narrative position out by the grouping to justify their unwarranted disruption of our surgical procedure and to tarnish the image of the Board.

“We had expected that reason would prevail and that the grouping would appreciate the incalculable harm their misconceived and unwarranted activity is causing the province as a whole, but it is unlucky that little or no consideration is given to this fact.

“It is shocking and absolutely galling that this grouping seems to be totally oblivious of the consequences of their illegal activity of obstructing and preventing oil and gas transactions with the Board for 2 weeks running, knowing the criticality of oil and gas operations to Nigeria’s economical survival.

“We want to set the records straight and right the blatant falsehood beingness peddled by HOSTCOM and their sponsors, which is calculated to mislead the public and attract inexpensive sympathy. It behooves us to categorically province as follows:

“That the mandate of the NCDMB as stipulated in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Evolution (NOGICD) Human action is strictly, To develop local Capacities and Capabilities and To Monitor compliance and enforce provisions of the NOGICD Human action.

“That for the sake of emphasis, NCDMB is not an interventionist agency for the Niger Delta part, much less for Bayelsa province. Indeed, the NOGICD Human action and the work of NCDMB is to cater to the entire country, not narrow sectional involvement.

“That NCDMB is not obligated to grant or accede to every asking or demand from members of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas in Bayelsa Province or whatever grouping for that matter.

“That since its inception, NCDMB Board has taken a special involvement in the evolution of Bayelsa Province and its indigenes to such a dot that other states in the part have continued to accuse the Board of bias, favoring Bayelsa Province to a greater extent than all the other oil-producing states.

“That in line with the Board’s determination to spur rapid evolution of the Province and indigenes, the Board has sited several strategic projects in different parts of Bayelsa Province, and actively worked to preserve a salubrious human relationship with the communities hosting our projects. There’s hardly whatever incidence of downtime or disruption of our operations by our host communities.

“That in our human relationship with communities hosting our projects, they do not dictate to the Board nor create onerous demands.

“That it is ridiculous and unimaginable that whatever grouping could dictate to the Board, what to do, when to do it and how to do it as HOSTCOM and their allies are trying to do on this occasion, fifty-fifty arm twisting the Board to give into their demands.

“Specifically, that no grouping can and should think that it could come up upward with whatever ridiculous demand and compel the Board to yield to their pressure level, just as HOSTCOM is doing fifty-fifty with all kinds of blackmail and outright falsehood.

“That the sticking dot in the ongoing disturbance is that HOSTCOM requested the Board to develop 1000 persons and submitted the names to the Board, expecting the Board to take their listing without query.

“That Board turned downwardly the bogus listing as there is no budget to accommodate such an unreasonable demand. conflicting to HOSTCOM’s mistaken assertion, the Board did not at whatever time concord to develop 1000 persons submitted by HOSTCOM.

“That HOSTCOM at present wants to compel the Board to develop the 1000 persons they submitted to the Board without regard to the Board’s preparation program and budget, especially because the leaders of HOSTCOM had allegedly extorted various sums of money from each of the nominees.

“Realizing that the nominees they have extorted money from would vent their anger on them, the HOSTCOM leaders became restive and took to the street in a desperate displace to arm-twist the Board to give into their inordinate demand and to cover their actions.

“The leaders of HOSTCOM have threatened the lives of some NCDMB personnel and their families over this deadlock and the threats have been duly reported to the relevant security agencies for a thorough investigation.”





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