By David Ejiohuo
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) wants oil activities to stop in Ogoni unless the Ogoni Bill of Rights (OBR) including a state of autonomy is won. Now, oil experts say the possibility that oil could flow again in Ogoni area of Rivers State is becoming obvious. This is despite several threats by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). An oil explorer said the level of interactions with various layers of the Ogoni people could lead to return of oil operations soon.
Oil exploration and other related activities were suspended in Ogoni for nearly two decades following the death of late Ken Saro Wiwa, an environmental activist, and several others. For this reason, oil prospecting business became a taboo for both the Federal Government and the multi-national oil prospecting companies.
Now, a new ray of hope was raised during the week when the Founder/President of Belemaoil, an indigenous oil prospecting company, Jack-Rich Tein, spoke with newsmen at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
According to Jack-Rich, the possibilities that oil prospecting and drilling activities in Ogoni are becoming realizable and obvious, and disclosed that the level of interactions with the people, chiefs and the youths of the Ogoni that oil prospecting activities could resume very soon.
He said: “I believe by the grace of God, very soon oil will flow in Ogoni again”. Apart from the interactions with the people, the founder of the indigenous oil prospecting company said indigenous oil companies were receiving great assistance and encouragement from the presidency.
He said: “The current president is there to checkmate the over bearing antics of the multi-nationals and is supporting the indigenous companies”.
According to him, no permission had been given to his company to go into the Ogoni land but he said he was optimistic because of the success and good relationship he had had with the people of Ogoni. He said support from the presidency could make it possible to go in there and drill.
Answering questions on the possibilities of indigenous entrepreneurs emerging in the obvious challenges in the oil industry, the Belemaoil boss equally expressed optimism but added that they needed skills, partnership and to remain resolute. “Yes, the chances are there and bright but they surely will need skills, stay focused, encourage cohesion, partnership and remain resolute.”