Rivers landlord families shut down Agip’s oil wells


The ONELGA Oil and Gas landlords Families in ONELGA in Rivers State have shut down 37 of the oil well heads of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company/NNPC joint venture, The Nation reports.

The association´s chairman Mr. Chikobi Alali, in a statement said the decision to shut down the oil company’s  operations became imperative when several attempts allegedly made by the association to resolve the age long dispute between the landlord families and the company failed.

It said the association is the ancient owners of OML 60 and 61 on which stand the 150 oil well heads which NAOC operates in the local government area NAOC facilities like the Ebocha oil center, OB/OB Gas injection plant, electrical generating turbines, pipelines, flow lines and other installations.

According to the group, the latest showdown with  the company was triggered off by NAOC’s alleged  inability to honour the understanding it reached with the association to pay all pending bills as palliative to create harmony in addressing serious problems affecting the communities such as security, corporate social responsibility CSR, and matters relating to the environment.