Delta communities shutdown SPDC operations over destruction of fishing materials

…..accuses the State commissioner for oil and gas of neglect

Women from Obotobo 1 & 2 communities in Ogulagha kingdom, Buturu LGA of Delta State have marched out in heavy protest to the SPDC facility in the kingdom in a bid to shutdown its operations over alleged destruction of fishing materials by the company’s security patrol vessels.

The Delta state government in November 2019, sent a delegation led by the state’s commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emman Amgbaduba in conjunction with other leaders from the kingdom, to the communities to ascertain the cause of dispute between the communities and SPDC.

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According to Coastal Times, there is a revelation that indigenes of the communities could no longer go about their daily fishing activities, owing to the presence of SPDC hired military gunboats.

When contacted on phone, the Obotobo1 Community Chairman elect, Mr Victor Maika, expressed displeasure over the nonchalant attitude on the part of SPDC over the issue.””The people are being taken for granted by the SPDC and the Delta state government.

This issue has been on since last year,” he narrated.”As I speak to you now , the women from Obotobo 1&2 Communities have taken over the premises of SPDC. They have blocked the entrance gate to shell petroleum Development Company, SPDC.”The protesting women are demanding for adequate compensation for all damaged fishing equipments. Failure to do that, will lead to the further shutdown of all SPDC operations.

When quizzed, a protesting woman explained that ‘the Commissioner for oil and gas came to appeal with them, that he will take up the matter to the Governor and ask SPDC to pay for the damaged properties.

Since then, we haven’t heard from Neither SPDC nor the commissioner’ one of the women narrated”The women noted that they have no other choice than to take such action since their simplicity has been taken for granted far for too long by both SPDC and the Delta State Government

The women particularly accused Prince Emman Ambgaduba, commissioner for Oil and Gas, Delta State of not showing concern in resolving the issue, stressing that series of calls to him have yielded no fruits.

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