By Tayo Joseph Lagos, Nigeria
Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited, a Nigerian oil firm, has successfully taken over the Oil Mining Lease OML30 in Delta state, with a promise to host Communities for better deals.
The Managing Director, Stephen Kobak, at a meeting with traditional rulers in OML30, on Monday, was grateful and expressed joy over the successful hand over of the Oil Mining Lease OML30 by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) to Heritage Energy.
Kobak, who was accompanied by top management staff of Heritage Energy, reiterated Heritage’s commitment to the terms of agreement in the Global Memoradum of Understanding (MoU) signed with host communities in OML30.
The elaborate meeting was attended by all the traditional rulers in OML30 at the Palace of the Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom, where Kobak briefed on the conclusion of the successful hand over exercise from NPDC.
He stated that host communities are serious stakeholders in the business of oil exploration and exploitation, hence his organization was taking the step to build a cordial relationship with them for successful business trancpsaction. He added that there will be no successful oil business without factoring in the critical role of host communities.
“Any handing over process, the first thing an operator should look up to me is the beginning of the process where you are going to take over everything ultimately. NPDC has done a very good job in being able to hand over everything to us. That is technical function, financial functiins and others. But now the real work begins which is getting the licence, start up production, get closer to the communities and the traditional rulers have given us important first step in that process.”
“We are looking forward to the cooperation that the traditional rulers have promised us. I will assure you with that cooperation we should be able to get the communities working with us and develop our future prospects. One of the legacy problems has been the lack of fulfilment of promises made to the communities. The first thing we are going to do is to make sure that the promises are respected and kept. Our personal view is that when you treat everybody with respect, when you keep your promises, there should not be any differences in opinions on matters and if you have differences of opinions, it should be sorted out.”
Kobak while acknowledging the important role of the youths and the challenges they face in the unemployment market, said even though it was not possible for everybody to get employment in the company, they would do their best at ensuring that youths from host communities occupy their pride of place in the scheme of things.
Also, the Manager, Community Development, Heritage Energy, Ughelli, Bunor Agbomedarho said it was a thing of joy that the hand over exercise was successfully executed, noting that the meeting was to engage the traditional rulers with a view to building closer ties with their host.
“Today is the official meeting of Heritage Energy and the traditional rulers of OML 30. We had a very fruitful meeting and we have agreed to work together. We know there are several issues but we will take care of them”