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We’ll Shut Down All Oil, Gas Operations, Ijaw Youth Threaten Over $16 Billion Gas City Project

Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan
Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan

Barely weeks after President Goodluck Jonathan made an unscheduled visit to Warri, Delta State, to proffer a lasting solution to

The disagreements amongst the various communities on the $16 billion gas city project in Delta state is again facing a fresh threat as the Ogulagha Clan Youth Association (OCYA) in Burutu Local Government Area of the state has threatened to shut down all oil and gas operations in Ogulagha Kingdom. The youths alleged that they are not included as stakeholders in the Ogidigben Gas City Project.

In a statement signed by the National President, Mr. John Bebapere; secretary, Humphery Oluku and the public relations officer, Ebikeme Abanre in Warri today, the Ijaw group said that they own 60 percent of the total land acquired for the project and accused Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of colluding with his Itsekiri kinsmen to deny them of their rights.

The group said that despite a series of publications by them on the matter, the government has failed to recognize them as critical stakeholders like their Gbaramatu brothers, describing the action as “unholy, evil–minded, inimical, unjust, oppressive and highly condemnable in its entirety.

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“Angered by this act of exclusion, we have vowed to fully mobilize all our youths in the kingdom to halt all oil and gas exploration and production activities of SPDC, Chevron, Agip and Brittania-UNigeria Limited”, the statement said. “This disruption will be total and inclusive of all contracting firms operating within Ogulagha kingdom if the EPZ stakeholders do not rescind their decision to exclude Ogulagha communities and grant them equal opportunities like the Itsekiris and Gbaramatu Ijaws.” [myad]

 

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