The governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has cancelled all the Memorandum of Understanding entered into by the leaders of the oil producing communities in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas with the oil companies operating in the areas.
The governor had given the directive on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 following complaints by the people of the affected communities when he met with the stakeholders from the two oil producing Local Governments of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta that their leaders have been short-changing them with such Memorandum of Understanding by collaborating with the oil companies in question and threatened to take the laws into their hands for such reason.
To avert further troubles in the concerned communities, the governor therefore cancelled all existing MOUs between the oil companies and the leaders of the communities in question and directed that such MOUs would now be signed between the communities and oil companies with the full involvement of the government so that the people at the grassroot would not be schemed out of such exercises.
The governor regretted that the oil companies had leveraged on the dubious activities of some leaders in the affected communities to deny the communities what should be due for them for the development of the areas.
The governor described the oil companies as too incentive to the problems of the oil producing communities and said that they have continued to adopt divide and rule tactics in the communities to achieve their selfish aims. The governor stated that the government would no longer fold its hand and watch the oil companies cheat the oil producing communities again.