By Adesina Wahab
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to take over the operations of Shell Petroleum Development Company in Ogoniland, Rivers State not later than April 30, this year.
The action will involve the NNPC taking over the operatorship of the entire Oil Mining Lease 11.
In a memo with reference SH/COS/24/A/50540, dated March 1, 2019 and which was signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, the President directed the Group Managing Director of the NNPC to comply with the directive without delay.
The memo was entitled “Operatorship of entire Oil Mining Lease (OML)11.
” The above subject refers. Kindly note that the President has directed NNPC/NPDC to take over the operatorship from Shell Petroleum Development Company, of the entire OML 11 not later than 30 April, 2019 and ensure smooth re-entry given the delicate situation in Ogoniland.
“NNPC/NPDC is directed to confirm by 2 May, 2019 of the assumption of the operatorship.
“Please accept the assurances of my highest regards,” the memo read.