National Secretary of the Movement for the Survival of Ijaw Ethnic Nationality in Niger Delta (MOSIEND) , Winston Cotterel Amain has written a protest letter to the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri urging the State Government to probe the allegations surrounding the sale of the State owned Atala Marginal Oil Field Oml 46.
Some Civil Advocacy groups had in the last few days threw up allegations that the state owned oil field OML 46 was nearly taken away under the immediate past administration of Former Governor Seriake Dickson through one Halkins Global Investment Limited, Company allegedly owned by the former Governor.
But the Former Governor and Senator Representing Bayelsa West Senatorial district at the National Assembly, Senator Seriake Dickson had in a statement denied the allegation, insisting he will never be in support of the revocation of Atala Marginal Oil Field from Bayelsa State Government, its BOCL or any other asset of the state government, “I am not and will never be in support of its subsequent reallocation by the DPR and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to anybody.”
Amb. Winston Cotterel Amain, who is a foremost Niger Delta Youth leader and currently the Scribe of the Movement for the Survival of Ijaw Ethnic Nationality in Niger Delta (MOSIEND),while commenting on the development in a letter to Governor Douye Diri, called on the state government to investigate the allegations against his predecessor that one man cannot convert state properties to his personal property.
According to Amain,”those involved should know that the attempt to change the Oil Field to private company is a clear attempt to frustrate the Governor Douye Diri effort at challenging the DPR revocation of the license in court which the DPR and the Federal Government has approved and directed the immediate reinstatement of the revoked License to the Bayelsa State Oil Company”.
‘That in 2020, the Federal Government of Nigeria revoked the license of the oil field and today this same Halkins Global Investment Limited allegedly owned by the former Governor is currently applying to continue it operations on the said Oil Field with the help of the Prosperity Government.”
“From all indications, because of the ulterior motive and hidden agenda, the former Governor Dickson deliberately refused to Renew the Operating License of the Atala Marginal Oil Field OML 46 and allowed the license to expire as he (Senator Seriake Dickson) written a letter to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) that the regulatory body should change and remove the name of Bayelsa State Oil Company Limited and replace it with his private company.”
“The out come of a proper investigation will give Bayelsans the opportunity of knowing the true status of Bayelsa State oil company and in the same vain, if the Senator Douye Diri led government refuse to carry out thorough investigation on the status of Bayelsa State oil company, it will mean that the present government is in connivance with the immediate past government to short-change Bayelsans of our collective wealth. It is therefore my humble opinion that the miracle governor carry out this very important investigation to first and foremost clear the doubt and suspicion of Bayelsans that the Diri administration is not part of the Bayelsa oil company saga”.
It would be recalled that Mr Ayiba Duba, the Bayelsa Commissioner for Information had last year confirmed the resolution of the State Government at pursuing an amicable resolution of the issues that necessitated the revocation by thr oil industry regulators.
Leadership checks of the status of the OML 46 field indicated that the field operated by Bayelsa Oil Company had been developed up to test production with a crude cargo of 1,000 barrels awaiting evacuation, as the oil company awaits the nod of DPR to commence commercial production.
DPR had on April 6, 2020 announced the revocation of 11 of the 13 marginal fields licenses it had issued to indigenous oil firms.OML 46 held by Bayelsa government, and located within onshore swamps in Bayelsa, won in 2013 through a bidding process conducted by the DPR was among the licences revoked for being dormant for over five years.