The Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has called on the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu to prevail on the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to pay its outstanding debts to the Bayelsa State Government, THISDAY reports.
At a meeting, the governor asked Kachikwu to use his goodwill to persuade the multinational oil firm to pay statutory bills and levies, which the company stopped paying after making an initial payment several years ago. The agenda of the meeting was the enforcement notice for the Gbaraun-Ubie Integrated Oil and Gas facility among others. In his response, the representative of the SPDC, Mr. Abubakar Ahmed, expressed the willingness of SPDC to engage more with the state government, in order to resolve the lingering dispute.
In a separate meeting with the Minister and top management staff of ENI/NAOC, also known as AGIP in Abuja, Dickson pointed out that the meeting was focused on investment opportunities in Bayelsa State, the Brass LNG project, a proposed 150,000 bpd refinery and two 25 MW power plants being embarked upon by ENI/NAOC as well as the Bayelsa State Industrial Park. Managing Director of ENI/ NAOC, Marco Rotondi indicated that the company was making adequate efforts on all fronts.