The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has refuted the claim of the deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege over its alleged planned relocation of the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) headquarters from Ekpan-Warri in Delta State.
The NNPC debunked this in a statement on Monday describing it as unfortunate while reacting to the statement credited to Sen. Omo-Agege where he reportedly condemned alleged moves by the Corporation to relocate NGC headquarters from the Niger Delta region.
The NNPC maintained that it is a fallacy and called on NGC host communities and other stakeholders to disregard the relocation tale which it described as totally false, the oil firm stressed that Sen Omo-Agege has “been misinformed or was quoted out of context noting that the subject of relocation of NGC was never on the table for deliberation by the NNPC management.”
In reaction to the NNPC statement on Monday, the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Deputy President of the Senate, Mr. Yomi Odunuga, cited that his principal spoke from an informed position. “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the NNPC stating that the Deputy President of the Senate, Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, was either misinformed or must have been quoted out of context in his plea for multinational oil companies to relocate their headquarters to the Niger Delta region.
“Specifically, he had sought a commitment that the planned relocation of the headquarters of the NGC from Ekpan-Warri in Delta State should be dropped as it’s relocation could jeopardise developmental strides in the area” he stated
Odunuga said further that “while it is gratifying that the NNPC, in the statement signed by its General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, has assured all the stakeholders in the region that neither the NGC nor any of its other subsidiaries would be relocated outside the area of operation, the following clarifications have become necessary.
He noted that , there has been widespread anxieties among stakeholders in the Niger Delta over alleged plans for the relocation of the NGC; it has been on the front burner for many months before the Deputy President of the Senate drew attention to it during the ministerial screening.