The prompt intervention of the Delta State Government in the age-long dispute between Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas, (HOSTCOM) as well as community leaders, has averted a possible complete shutdown of oil facilities in Urhobo and Isoko Communities in Delta State.

The intervention, which resulted in a resolution to re-open the oil facilities in the various communities, was reached at a meeting convened by the State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, at the instance of the state government at the Delta State Governor's Annex, Warri, with NPDC officials and stakeholders of the host communities in attendance.

He, however, expressed government's happiness and thanks to NPDC and the community leader over the re-opeing of the oil facilities for operation after the first meeting held on June 27, 2015. He noted that the state government, under the leadership of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa was determined and poised to operate a people-oriented government as well as people-participating system of government. Otuaro thanked all the President-Generals and the community development partners for their timely intervention to open up the facilities for NPDC to start operations again.

His words: "it is pursuant to this, that as a government, we have thought it wise to call on you for this meeting. We believe, just as the present administration is strongly concerned about the interest of all Deltans, so is the production of oil and Gas that form the bases upon which Delta State Government can deliver on her manifestos to Deltans. So, there must be a meeting point between the interest of the communities as well as that of operators of these facilities. And I am glad to hear from NPDC that the facilities are re-opened and workers are back to work."

The representative and Executive Director, Operations of NPDC, Engr. Kris Ugwu, while appreciating the State Government's intervention, appealed to all affected communities to sheathe their sword and work, as one family so as to respect the MoU signed by both parties. He noted that on NPDC's part, in the next few weeks it would have completed its obligation by paying up outstanding operational fees for the year 2014 and would be looking forward to start the first quarter of 2015.

Engr. Ugwu noted that NPDC does not intend that, the issues that brought about the age long dispute should repeat themselves asserting that Management of NPDC does not wish to create a vacuum anymore, whatever mistake done in the past will be corrected, he added. Chairman of the Community Development Board (CDB) OML 34, Hon George Isikorobia, who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders, expressed hope that NPDC will respect the term of the MoU signed between the communities and the company. He stated that the reason why the crisis came thus far is the inability of the NPDC to keep their promises in terms of the MoU.

The meeting was also attended by the Chief of Staff Government House, Rt Hon Tam Brisibe, Deputy Chief of Staff Government House, Hon Steve Eruotor, amongst others.