Bayelsa State Government is set to sign a Global Memorandum of Understanding with Shell Petroleum Development Company on the Gbarain/Ubie gas plant.
While receiving the Irish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Sean Hoy, at the Government House, Yenagoa, on Wednesday, the Deputy Governor of the state, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd), expressed the government’s preparedness to partner with the international community in seeking ways the state could benefit maximally from the oil and gas industry.
“We are not carried along in the oil and gas industry. The Niger Delta people’s participation in the industry is almost zero,” Jonah said.
The deputy governor, who lauded the Irish envoy’s efforts to prevail on oil companies towards giving the Niger Delta people a fair share of the oil proceeds, said the state government would work with them in resolving issues with the multinational oil firms.
Describing the devastation of the environment caused by the activities of oil companies as enormous and unquantifiable, Jonah said a study was being carried out by experts on the extent of damage to the environment and the people.
Jonah also sought the collaboration of Ireland in the development of the Agge Deep seaport, education and eco-Industrial Park to build an economy beyond oil.