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Delta Communities Sack NPDC

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi, Asaba

Nigeria’s aggregate oil production output has been cut to a total of 250,000 barrels per day as youths and women frthe host communities stormed the oil field operated by Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Delta State, and shut it.

They include four Ijaw and one Itsekiri communities, namely, Kokodiagbene, Okerenkoko, Akpatagbegbe, Akpataegbemu and Omadino, all in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The protesters on Monday were said to have ordered oil workers to vacate the flow station in their best interests owing to grievances over the alleged breach of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with them by the indigenous oil firm.

Spokesperson for the communities, Sheriff Mulade, among other grievances alleged that the award of contracts have not been following due process and the local content policy of government just as he claimed the communities have been shortchanged for too long by the firms.

Besides, the communities urged the Federal Government to dig into the activities of NPDC and its major contractor, Nestoil, appealing to the security agencies, especially the Joint Task Force, not to play into the hands of the two oil firms as their demands were germane.

Mulade bemoaned the devastating effect of oil exploration and exploitation activities, which they underline, have wiped out means of livelihood and destroyed the pristine beauty of their environment.

“We are appealing to the Federal Government to carefully and thoroughly investigate NPDC and Nestoil over connivance to award contracts to themselves and their cronies.

“We have evidences to buttress our claims on the contracts and other sharp practices going on in the two firms.

‘’We are also appealing to the security agencies not to allow the oil firms to use them against the host communities because of their interests but should look at the issues critically because the communities are major stakeholders in the business,’’ Mulade posited.