The federal government has urged International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the Niger Delta region to honour Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with host communities to avoid crises that might lead to shutdown of operations.
The senior special assistant to the president on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Ita Enang, disclosed this in a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Mr Edet Etuk in Abuja yesterday.
Enang spoke during a meeting with representatives of Umusadege community, Utagba kingdom/Ogbe Kingdom in Ndokwa, Delta.
The meeting focused on the non-payment of ground rent and for peaceful resolution with the oil and gas operating companies in the region.
He said that the federal government would not tolerate any form of violence between the companies and the host communities, given the fragile nature of the economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.