WE HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH ORMAN ESIN – ADADIA COMMUNITY
The good people of Adadia community in Uruan Local government area have cleared the air on the report of alleged fracas between the community and the Commissioner for Transport and Petroleum resources, Hon Orman Esin over negotiations with oil investor, Muni Pulo.
Arising from a meeting with the village head and the traditional council, the village council, the youth council, and other stakeholders, the chairman of the Oil and Gas committee, Barr Ita Ekpo, yesterday hinted that the community is not in concert with any one or group of persons who may be out to thwart the efforts of the community at finding lasting solution to lingering negotiations with Muni Pulo.
He noted that the timely intervention of the commissioner in what almost escalated into division of the community has been able to stem the tides of events and restored peace in the area.
The Post Newspaper had last week published that the community are at loggerheads with the commissioner due to a perceived personal interest on the part of Mr Esin in the fortunes accruable to the area.
When contacted, Barr Ita had this to say; “We don’t know anything about that publication, we have a very robust working relationship with the commissioner. The newspaper alleged that the community was robbed out of haulage fees; haulage fees are a wage that is only due to government, the village has no power to go and collect haulage fee. So you can see the misunderstanding of issues here.
Community has no hands in haulage fee collection. In fact we have not negotiated anything about haulage fees with Muni Pulo. The report is misinformed and the reporter has not done a thorough investigation into the issue.”
He added that whenever the community has any issue to address concerning any matter, they can always do so by meeting the commissioner directly or through chosen representation.
Similarly, Lt. Etim Edet, the secretary of Rig Workers Association, who spoke with Global Pilot over the weekend noted that the report was falsification that was either to score a cheap political point or just a handiwork of opponents stated that there was no arrangement whatsoever to rob the local community of what is accruable to them.
He noted that, the association has been in talks with the commissioner and can only record goodwill for the development of the area. He was optimistic that soon all pending issues in relation to the takeoff of the company will be sorted out, and that indigenes of the area will then benefit in terms of employment and contracts.
Efforts to reach Muni Pulo representatives as at press time did not yield any result.
Already, representation from the community has already met with the commissioner to set the records straight and to refute any claim made by the said publication.
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