The Member representing Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara State Constituency, Rt. Hon. (Prince) Idongesit Ntekpere has moved a motion praying the House to invite the Department of Public and Inter-governmental Affairs of ExxonMobil to appear before the House and answer questions on the non-compliance of some oil companies to Local content Law.
The oil companies to be invited according to the prayers of Prince Ntekpere are: Niger Star, 7, Borr Drilling, Shelf Drilling, Frontier Oil, and Unversal Energy .
Other oil companies are: Monipoli, Sterling Energy Exploration Company, SEEPCO and Toal E&P; every other thing being equal, they are to appear before the House to answer questions on irate violation of the Local Content Law and other extant regulations.
Moving the motion on the floor on the House with the title: “The Need for Compliance with the Provisions of the Nigerian Local Content Law and Memorandum of Agreement by Multi National and Oil Servicing Companies Operating within the Territorial Waters of Akwa Ibom State”; Hon. Ntekpere stated that since the beginning of oil drilling /production in Akwa Ibom State by multi-national and Oil Serving Companies, the Provisions and objectives as enshrined in Local Content Law and other relevant laws have not be complied with.
He also noted that even the community and labour relations principles and guidelines (Memorandum of Understanding – MoU) entered into with host communities of oil producing areas, have equally been ignored by these companies.
He expressed concern that deliberate violation of these laws is not only constituting serious socio- economic sabotage that triggered social disorderliness but deprivation of the right and privileges of Akwa Ibom indigenes.
The Lawmaker observed that these oil companies operating within the territorial waters of Akwa Ibom State have equally refused paying taxes to the State Government, an acts he deemed economic sabotage, hindering the growth, developments and progress of the State.
He further stated that the blatant refusal of these companies to honour invitations and employment consideration demands from the House Committee on Labour and Productivity and Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and disregards to implementing the MoU with host communities, calls for the need for them to appear before the House.
In his ruling, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey committed the motion to joint Committees on Labour and Productivity, Petroleum, Special Duties, Project Monitoring and Implementation/Aviation Development and Boundary and Conflict Resolution to interface with relevant stakeholders and report back to the House within the period of two weeks.