Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has written President Muhammadu Buhari, over alleged default in the payment of taxes and levies by oil companies operating in the state.
Dickson appealed to President Buhari to use his good offices to prevail on the companies concerned, who are licencees of the Federal Government, to comply with the laws of the state and that of the country.
The governor’s letter obtained by our reporter in Abuja, chronicled the various negative exploration activities of the oil and gas companies operating in the state over a long period of time.
Dickson said the affected companies refused to pay land use service charges and developmental levies thereby impinging on the environment especially through spillage.
He regretted that the oil majors have not been realistic by contributing proportionally to the economy and development of the state, a situation, he said must be reversed.
He listed Shell, Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (NAOC), Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Consolidated Oil, Conoil Producing, Brass LNG and Aiteo as the defaulting companies.