Oil Producing communities in the Niger Delta region yesterday cried out for the refusal of the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC to comply with the resolutions of the Senate, following a petition received on the non-payment of accumulated rentals and expired leases.

The Senate had mandated the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC to as a matter of urgency, pay N6,936,899,900 which is the total outstanding amount for all unpaid rentals, expires leases and re-acquisition fees stated. The upper chamber had also directed the multinational company to “cancel all long term leases of 99 years already imposed on landowners and comply with the provisions of the Oil Pipeline Act which stipulate a term of 20 years only.” The Senate had also resolved that SPDC should respect powers of attorney donated by landowners to their agents/consultants to negotiate for them and receive their rentals from the multinational company.