According to reports, the House of Representatives, yesterday, lamented that most of the oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region lack the commitment to develop the communities in which they operate.
Consequently, the House has directed its Committees on the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Ministry of Niger Delta and Local Content to engage all the major oil ventures operating in the Niger Delta region and government agencies concerned to agree on a common and workable partnership framework for the development of the region.
It also resolved to amend the NDDC Act to include the representatives of the oil ventures in the NDDC board and ensure effective participation and remittances for the development of the region.
The resolution was sequel to a motion on urgent national importance entitled, The Need for major oil ventures in the Niger Delta region to be encouraged to partner the NDDC and the Niger Delta Ministry to build roads, bridges and other major infrastructure in the region, sponsored by Ntufam Eta Mbora.
Ntufam Mbora, who represents Calabar Municipal Council/Odukpani federal constituency of Cross River State, said that the oil producing communities of Niger Delta region were overwhelmed by the non-committal tendencies of companies/ventures operating in the region in the discharge of their corporate social responsibilities that are commensurate with the impact of oil exploration in the region.
He noted what he described as, “the blunt refusal of major oil ventures in the Niger Delta region, e,g. Agip, Shell Development Corporation, Schlumberger, Samsung, Moni Pulo Petroleum Development, Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria Limited, etc to partner with NDDC and Niger Delta Ministry in the development of the region.”