Overview Of: Ijaws, Itsekiri threaten to disrupt FG’s $2.8bn gasoline piping to Northern Nigeria
The Gbaramatu Conventional Council of Chiefs and the Motion for the Construction of Itsekiri Oil & Gasoline Generating Communities, MDOGP in Warri South-West Native Executive Space of Delta State, on Sunday threatened to disrupt the piping of the 614 km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gasoline from Niger Delta estimated at $2.8billion if the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Executive fails to heed recommence works on the $16billion Export Processing Zone,EPZ(Gasoline Revolution Commercial Park,GRIP) in Delta State.
The individuals who reiterated their threats to close down all oil installations belonging to the multinational oil firms running of their land passed down the risk at a joint press convention held in Uvwie Native Executive Space.
The joint communiqué which used to be signed by way of Leader Godspower Gbenekama, the Fiyewei(Spokesman) of Gbaramatu Conventional Council of Chiefs and Leader Mike Odeli, the Olorogun of Warri Kingdom in addition to Chairman of Board of Trustee, Motion for the Construction of Itsekiri Oil & Gasoline Communities accused the Federal Executive of forsaking the EPZ within the Southern a part of the rustic whilst piping gasoline from the similar supply and site to the Northern phase with the exception of marginalizing and neglecting them who are suffering untold environmental hazards from the exploration actions of the multinational oil firms through the years.
“We will be able to forestall the Executive. NGC will have to remove darkness from our communities in Itsekiri and Gbaramatu Kingdom. We can’t be residing in darkness. If we can’t have gentle in our communities, no one will have to experience gentle on this nation. You can not take gasoline from EPZ to AKK.”
The Ijaw and Itsekiri folks warned that the Federal Executive will have to no longer take t their threats calmly, stressing that they supposed all they mentioned.
The Ijaw and Itsekiri folks, alternatively, demanded that,”The Federal Executive will have to order instant resumption of labor on the Multi-Billion Greenback Gasoline Revolution Commercial Park Venture, GRIP, and the Deep-Sea Port in Warri South-West Native Executive Space, Delta State.
“We’re calling at the Federal Executive to right away halt the present technique of bids for the 57 Marginal Fields wherein the doctrine of necessity will have to be invoked and carried out to include the pastime of competent firms owned by way of Gbaramatu indigenes in addition to Itsekiri Sons and Daughters from oil and gasoline generating communities given “proper of first refusal” on marginal fields in our homelands, prior to being thrown open to outsiders.
“If competent firms owned by way of indigenes of Itsekiri oil/gasoline communities and Gbaramatu folks aren’t thought to be by way of DPR for the 57 Marginal Fields with instant impact, we can be constrained to shut-down operations of the Multi-Nationwide Oil and Gasoline Corporations (IOCs) running in our homelands.
“The Federal Executive will have to direct the related MDAs/IOCs to embark on massive scale shore coverage/sand-filling initiatives in Itsekiri Oil/Gasoline generating communities and the Gbaramatu kingdom
“The Federal Executive will have to institute procedure for the facilitation of the deserted age-long Omadino – Escravos Highway and the Koko/Ogheye Highway Initiatives, that have remained a trifling marketing campaign device for successive administrations, regardless of their strategic significance to the socio-economic building of Delta state and the South-Western a part of Nigeria.
“The pressing and instant relocation of the Floating Dock/Send Development Backyard to give a boost to capability construction for college kids on the Nigerian Maritime College, Okerenkoko as used to be previous envisaged.
“We call for instant and complete investigation into what ended in tens of millions of lifeless and rotten fishes that surfaced at the waterways and fish-traps in Gbaramatu Kingdom and coastal Itsekiri communities, with the intention to perform the essential remediation, in order that the requisite may also be accomplished for individuals who have suffered loss or harm.
“We strongly call for that the President Buhari led federal executive will have to direct the IOCs operating in our land to revoke and practice the LOCAL CONTENT ACT of their employment regime.
“The Federal Executive will have to instruct Nigerian Port Authority during the Ministry of Transportation to dredge the Escravos Bar-Mouth so as to give a boost to the optimal utilization of the Warri, Koko, Burutu and Sapele ports in Delta State.
“We call for instant charter of a substantive NDDC board as an alternative of the current intervening time committee who lavishly wasted our derivation cash on COVID-19 with out recourse to the communities that are meant to have the lager chew of the gathered cash to the fee, and whose pursuits are capitally inimical to the improvement of the Itsekiri Oil/Gasoline generating communities and the Gbaramatu kingdom.
“We eagerly anticipate rapid motion in this because the clock ticks nearer to our joint ultimatum, to avert contemporary disaster within the Oil and Gasoline Trade.”