Ijaw youth teams threaten oil companies for neglecting host communities in Niger Delta

Some Ijaw youths have concluded strikes for mass motion in opposition to multinational and indigenous oil corporations neglecting their host communities within the Niger Delta, particularly Ijaw oil-producing areas.

The youths beneath the aegis of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, famous with dismay the untold hardship and endemic poverty in such communities regardless of dwelling amidst crude oil installations, oil wells and pipelines.

The group in its new place paper titled, “Our guidelines of engagement with multinationals, indigenous oil and firms”, mentioned it had determined to beam its searchlight on oil corporations refusing to signal agreements with its host communities and people flouting phrases in Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) they reached with their hosts.

The IYC in a doc dated September 24 and signed and despatched to DAILY POST, by its President, Timothy Igbifa, mentioned it might go after oil and gasoline corporations shedding their workers from Ijaw extraction regardless of the financial hardship occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IYC mentioned it was disturbed by the connection present between the Ogulagha Neighborhood in Burutu Native Authorities Space of Delta State and the Shell Petroleum Improvement Firm (SPDC).

The youths mentioned the corporate had resorted to utilizing retrenchment and downsizing as a instrument of oppression in opposition to their brothers and sisters with out minding the financial results of their motion amidst the COVID – 19 pandemic.

The IYC within the doc mentioned it was anxious that in Gbarain Kingdom in Southern Ijaw Native Authorities Space Bayelsa State, the Nigerian Agip Oil Firm (NAOC) had refused to pay compensation for the devastating oil spillage that occurred within the areas as collectively agreed by all of the events.

It mentioned in Peretorugbene Neighborhood of Ekeremor Native Authorities Space of Bayelsa State, Excel Exploration and Manufacturing Firm, operators of NNPC/ Shell Eremor subject ( OML 46) refused to signal GMOU with its host neighborhood.

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The doc mentioned, “In contravention of the Nigerian Content material Act and different laws governing the Nigerian Oil and Gasoline trade, the Amni Worldwide Petroleum Improvement Firm Ltd. has continued to behave in opposition to their host communities in Andoni Native Authorities Space Of Rivers State and identical apply to Conoil Manufacturing within the Jap Obolo.

“Exxon Mobil Limitless and the Nigerian Petroleum Improvement Firm Ltd have additionally not lived as much as the expectations of their host communities particularly in Ibeno Native Authorities Space of Akwa Ibom State.

“Actually, we’re disturbed by the dearth of primary facilities in Bukuma neighborhood, Degema Native Authorities Space. The communities play host to main oil and gasoline corporations and amenities such because the Nigerian Liquified Pure Gasoline (NLNG), whose trunkline traverses the neighborhood; the Eroton Exploration and Manufacturing that operates OML 18 Oil Subject and the Nigerian Agip Oil Firm (NAOC), which is a significant participant within the Nigerian oil and gasoline trade.

“Despite these main oil and gasoline explorative actions that go on on this neighborhood and different surrounding communities; there is no such thing as a entry highway connecting different communities inside the space. They don’t have transportable water to drink, no electrical energy, no well being facility and different life-supporting infrastructure”.

IYC added: “We’re appalled on the double normal exhibited by these corporations. Whereas they deal with folks from their host communities overseas as kings and queens; obey all regulatory requirements and worldwide greatest practices abroad, they carry themselves as lords and masters in our area, treating us with disdain and behaving as if their operations supersede the legal guidelines of this nation.

“We now have additionally watched as all regulatory companies established by the federal authorities compromise all requirements of greatest practices and pamper the oil corporations to proceed their nefarious acts of under-developing and shortchanging the Niger Delta area particularly the Ijaw communities. We wish to say sufficient is sufficient.

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“Henceforth, the IYC will not tolerate this absurdity and rascality. We now have activated varied departments together with our authorized group to level out these infractions and demand that the affected corporations do the appropriate issues. We’re going to roll out mass motion in opposition to any oil agency that fails to obey the requirements.

“Our precept of reciprocity can be geared in the direction of making certain that it’s oil and gasoline corporations working in our area and the developmental and interventionist companies that respect the rights of the folks and issue of their developmental wants that may function peacefully within the area. We are going to do that allowing for that the council just isn’t subservient to any entity, energy or principality. It’s Ijaw nation first.

“Within the meantime, we name on SPDC to instantly rescind their resolution to disengage the companies of the youths of Ogulagha neighborhood. We applaud them for not resorting to violence. These IOC’s are intentionally placing our communities and other people in hurt’s means by their untoward actions. We additionally name on different multinationals resembling NAOC, Eroton Excel Oil, Exxon Mobil and others to settle all their obligations with their host communities.

“The council will come knocking on their doorways and if want be cease their operations till we’re happy that the appropriate issues have been finished. No quantity of their chicanery and notorious technique of divide and rule will rescue defaulting corporations from our collective motion”.

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