Some oil-producing communities in Bayelsa State have issued a 21-day notice to the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited to pay them an outstanding $14m or they will shut down the oil company’s facilities.
The communities numbering 12, under the auspices of the Iduwini, Mein, Kou, and Bassan Cluster Development Boards, also demanded that the SPDC reviewed annual development funding from $1m to $10m to the boards.
The communities, which are located in the Ekeremor and Southern Ijaw local government areas of the state, claimed at a press conference in Yenagoa on Wednesday that the $14m debt was for sea anchorage for vessels deployed by Shell.
The Chairman of the Ekeni Community Development Chairman (CDC), one of the 12 host communities, Mr Wuka Brisibe, said that the debt accumulated from 2006 till date.
He warned Shell to pay the outstanding $14m within three weeks or they would occupy the oil company’s oilfields in protest.
Brisibe said, “The sum of $1million irregularly paid to the four CDBs covering the 12 host communities of the E.A fields as the GMoU funds is inadequate.”