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Shell Petroleum should fast track development in host communities – Bayelsa Govt

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Bayelsa Government has urged the management of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to invest in peace building in their host communities, to fast-track development of the state.

Mr Felix Ayah, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Oil and Gas, gave the advice on Thursday, when the executive members of the Gbarain/Ekpetiama Cluster Development Board (CDB) paid him a courtesy visit in Yenagoa.

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He also urged the SPDC to step up plans on the payment of top-ups and administrative fund due to the Gbarain/Ekpetiama Cluster Development Board.

Ayah said the reason for the meeting with the CDB was to settle issues and series of petitions against the members for non-performance.

He urged SPDC to tidy up plans for the payment and disbursement of fund due to the Cluster.

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“I am urging the CDB to continue on the path of peace that they are known for; the Government of Bayelsa will do everything within its power to ensure that their rights are given to them.

“We must continue to tow the path of peace because only peace can bring about meaningful development and make the state the glory of all land,” he said.

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Earlier, Mr Keme Iderikumo, the Chairman of Gbarain/Ekpetiama CDB, commended the state government for intervening in the matter.

Iderkumo explained that the people of the Cluster were in high spirits in anticipation of the outcome of the intervention.

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