•BY NNAMDI OSELOKA in Awka•
Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSCON) has attributed the flooding which inflicted untold hardship and damages to some communities close to the river banks in the country as the brain behind the stoppage of oil production by Orient Petroleum Refinery Company based at Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State.
HOSCON also attributed the on-going communal war between Kogi and Anambra States on one side, Anambra and Enugu state on the other over the ownership of the oil lands to another contributing factor that led to the stoppage of oil production by the Orient Petroleum company.
Anambra state chairman of HOSCON, Hon. Anthoney Chiokwe who disclosed this yesterday while addressing the newly inaugurated executive members of HOSCON in the 21 Local Government Areas of the state, however noted that HOSCON in the state is about to meet with their counterparts in Kogi and Enugu States to sort out the issues causing this war so that Orient Petroleum will continue production, adding, “We want to come together strongly and quench that issue of Orient not producing”.
Chiokwe who denied that it was as a result of management issue that stopped Orient from production, further declared: “management issue is an internal issue of which HOSCON has no business with”.
Chiokwe who himself is an oil guru and has also worked in Orient Petroleum, revealed that up to three categories of people benefit in an area where oil is produced.
He listed the beneficiaries as the landlords, who he said were the ownersof the land where the oil is drilled from, the Satelite communities who do not own the land nor the faculty but the oil companies pass through their land to where the oil is located. “So you destroy their road by so doing and then you have communities that do not play any role, they don’t contribute in anything but still you have to carry them along for oneness”
He therefore charged the new executives of the 21 council areas of the state to be of good behavior and abide by their oath of office, assuring that the welfare of HOSCON would be improved upon now that they have been inaugurated at the grass root level.
“We have investors that are coming in because of our gas plant and we have scholarship scheme too, because we have to meet with the Orient Petroleum company to tell us what they can offer.We have applied to join the Delta, as an oil producing State and very soon we will start enjoying the whole benefits as Oil producing state”.
The state Vice Chairman of HOSCON, Mr Onyekwelu Emeka, who vowed to put in his best, stated: “we have high dreams that are achievable. They will be realized and they include employment for our people and power supply will be improved upon”.
Swearing in the newly inaugurated executives of the local government chapter, Mrs Chinelo Egina, a legal practitioner, charged them to abide by their oath of office.