Governor Diri commends FG on ADR Centre In Yenagoa

Governor Douye Diri, has commended the Federal Government over the siting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre under the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission in Yenagoa.

He gave the commendation when a delegation of the commission led by an Executive Commissioner, Capt. John Tonlagha, paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Yenagoa.
Governor Diri, who said the gesture offers hope not only to the people of the state but also to the Niger Delta, described it as a sign of good things to come.

According to him, this has been the bone of contention between most Niger Delta states, which is principally on the relocation of head offices of oil companies to their areas of operation.
The State Governor also noted that this has made justice more accessible to the Niger Delta people who have been clamoring for it.
Diri, however, lamented the agitation of Niger Delta people has not seen the light of day regarding relocation of the headquarters of oil companies to their areas of operation.

He expressed regrets that about sixty percent of gas supply to the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas Company in Rivers State was from Bayelsa but the taxes remitted were being paid to other states.
Governor Diri assured the commission of his administration’s collaboration and directed that a temporary office be provided pending when a permanent one is built.

In his remarks, Capt. John Tonlagha said the federal government approved the location of the ADR Centre in Yenagoa with state-of-the-art facilities.
He noted that ADR plays a crucial role in resolving disputes between stakeholders in the oil industry as well as reduce cost of litigation, especially for host communities in the oil producing areas.

Capt. Tonlagha also commiserated with the governor and his family over the death of his father, Pa Abraham Diri.
Earlier, a former Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission and chairman of the CSS Integrated Farms, Nasarawa State, Prof. Kennedy Opara, led a delegation to condole with Senator Diri in Government House, Yenagoa.