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Gov Uzodimma committed to changing the narrative in oil producing communities – Opiah

.. Inaugurates Committee on Local Content Compliance

By Lancelot Obiaku

The Coordinator and Special Adviser to the Imo State Governor on Petroleum and Gas Matters, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Opiah, has stated that the Governor was committed to changing the narrative in the oil producing communities of the State, as he inaugurated the State Committee on Local Content Compliance which he said was set up to develop the oil producing communities of the State.

Inaugurating the 20-member Committee at Concorde Hotel, in Owerri on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Opiah said the oil companies that were in the business of oil exploration in the State had not complied with the local content law 2010 of the Federal Government, thus leaving their host communities poorer, undeveloped and lacking basic amenities.

He explained that the law was enacted to ensure indigeneous participation in the Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry for the purpose of improving the economic and social wellbeing of those engaged in the operations of the Oil and Gas Industry.

Opiah, however, decried that most oil companies operating in the State had failed to employ citizens of the State into management positions, adding that the situation was a major source of economic loss to the State.

He said the Committee was set up by the State Government to ensure the compliance of the oil firms to the local content law, thereby halting the negative trend in the oil producing areas.

Opiah, who asserted that members of the Committee were chosen on their merit urged them to do a thorough job and make the State proud.

He said: “You have the mandate of the State Government to go to these oil companies and identify areas of noncompliance.

“You are to partner with the State Government led by Gov. Hope Uzodimma to make a difference by making sure that what belongs to the State comes to the State.

“Imo, our dear State, will become an industrial hub in no distant time. We will host manufacturing companies, especially those in petrochemicals.

“Therefore, it is only right that we start now to ensure compliance to the local content law for the development of the communities and the State at large.”

Opiah added that the establishment of the Committee was a proof that the State Governor reserved special interest in the transformation and development of the oil producing areas.

Commending Uzodimma for the move, the former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, said the Governor had brought his experience in the Oil and Gas Industry to bear in the governance of the State.

The Committee is headed by Barr. Promise Uyaeme as Chairman, while captain Bish Johnson Chuks serves as the Secretary.

Other members of the committee include: Sir Collins Ughalaa, Barr. Kelvin Ugwu, Engr. Ike Irona, Hon. Obinna Ariaga, David Egbula, Dr. Collins Jumbo, Engr. Enyinnaya Okere, Engr. Solomon Okonkwo, among others.

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