At plenary in Abuja on Wednesday, Representative Victor Mela (APC-Gombe) adopted a motion of urgent national importance. As a result, the House of Representatives has urged the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), to suspend its planned auction of the Oil Mining Licence (OML), 11 Asset.
Mr. Mela added that the oil field under oil mining licence 11 was formerly operated by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), joint venture. Nothing has been effected on the field since the company was forced out of Ogoni land in the year 1993, leaving it in an idle state.
Still speaking, he revealed that a court of appeal judgement of August 16, 2021, showed that the right to renewal of operating license was lost by the SPDC joint venture. There were issues between the government and the host communities of Ogoni that have remained unresolved. These issues have continually fueled resistance and restiveness amongst the people.
Mr. Mela concluded by saying there was great need to clarify and resolve issues associated with the planned auction amongst other matters. The claim that the government was allegedly involved in a supposed unity arrangement to auction OML 11 Asset to Sahara Energy Limited, for a paltry sum of 250 million dollars against the 1 billion dollars offered by the SPDC, is concerning.
Investigation has been mandated by the House of Representatives to its committee on petroleum upstream, as regards the planned auction and other matters. This ought to be properly carried out as report will be given within four weeks, after which further legislative actions would be decided upon.