By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has re-emphasized the need for oil companies operating in the Niger Delta to relocate their headquarters to their areas of operation in the region.
Omo-Agege made the call while fielding questions from newsmen during his visit to his country home, Orogun in Ughelli North Local Area, Delta State at the weekend.
The Deputy Senate President, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yomi Odunuga, stressed that oil companies that left in the wake of the crisis in the region about a decade ago should also come back in view of prevailing peace and accelerating development of the Niger Delta.
It would be recalled that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had made a similar call about three years ago when he visited the Niger Delta.
The Deputy President of the Senate reiterated his condemnation an alleged plot towards moving the headquarters of the Nigerian Gas Company Limited in Ekpan-Warri to Abuja,.
He noted that the relocation of the headquarters of oil multinational companies to the Niger Delta will speed up the development of the area, create job opportunities to the youth and reinforce the atmosphere of peace in the region.
He said: “I’m sure the message has been sent that they cannot move; they must remain. And for those who have left, they must give a serious thought to relocating back to the Niger Delta.
“What I’m saying now is not really news; even the Vice President, not too long ago, I believe, enjoined all those companies that left the Niger Delta, to relocate back. So, what I’m saying now is just following suit.”