Somali opposition warns FGS against secret oilfield auction
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The government of Somalia has once again come under immense pressure following the latest allegations that it was signing secret deals with foreign companies on exploring and drilling for oil in the country, which has controversial issue for so many years.
Even before the last opposition jibe, joint presidential candidates for the upcoming Somalia elections had warned foreign companies against “entering into soft deals” with the government, adding that “you will have to ‘assume your responsibilities’.
And in the latest two-page memo, the opposition warned of ‘immense danger’ as end-of-term Somali government considers signing secret oil exploration and drilling agreement with two foreign companies in a dark room this week, without following the instructions. procedures.
Without disclosing the names of the companies, the opposition questions whether most of the deals were signed without following the law, in addition to noting that most of the contracts were given when the country plans to surrender. in the elections.
The candidates claimed that Farmajo could raise funds for campaigns, adding that there could be a possibility of massive corruption of agreements signed in the dark. They urged Prime Minister Roble to be frank and lay out the government’s real position on the allegations.
But so far the government, determined to continue the elections despite pressure from the opposition for a complete overhaul of the committee, has yet to issue a response to the allegations, which could raise serious audit questions. or even involve both the attorney general’s office and auditor general.
On Monday, a meeting was held in the DSF section of the Halane complex in Mogadishu between Somali ministers, notably of Finance and Petroleum, and representatives of Coastline Exploration Inc & Liberty Petroleum Corporation, where an agreement was signed.
Later, the big signing of the production sharing agreement went as planned. The lower house passed the controversial Petroleum Bill last year, which was quickly approved by President Farmajo amid protests from some federal states and the opposition.
Last year, the Somali government announced that it would officially announce the winners of the first round of oil and gas licenses in early 2021, offering seven offshore blocks in deep water.