……frowns at Marginalization by Federal Government, Oil Companies
…..gives Federal Government two weeks ultimatum or shot down all oil facilities in the area
By Kelvin Ohoror
The Isoko Development Union (IDU) led by High Chief Iduh Amadhe has demanded to play key roles in 57 oil marginal field in Delta State, carpets the federal government and oil companies operating in the area for the Marginalization of the Isoko ethnic nationality over the years.
Speaking during a press conference, High Chief Amadhe stated that, the Isoko nation is seriously frowns at the Marginalization of her sons and daughters in bidding for the 57 marginal oil fields in Delta State. “This is most disconcerting because we have many of our indigenes who have the expertise, experience and resources to play key roles in the oil industry”.
He also reiterates that, “But for too long outsiders, who are not necessarily qualified than them, are brought in to buy over our God- given oil assets to our detriment. This time around, we are not going to allow it. Enough is enough”
The President General of Isoko Development also said that, the Isoko nation are in total agreement with their Ijaw, Itsekiri and Urhobo ethnic nationality who are from the oil producing areas to be given right of first refusal in the bidding process, calling on the federal government to discontinue any action to the contrary.
He however warned that, the Isoko nation is given the federal government two weeks ultimatum to make unambiguous statement about their demand for fairness and justice, noting that, failing to do that, the Isoko nation we be constrained to shut down all oil and gas fields in the area.
He also reminded the federal government that Isoko nation is the second place where crude oil was discovered and produced in commercial quantity in this country in 1958 at Uzere after Olobiri in Bayelsa State, adding that, the Isoko nation crude oil contributes 19 percent to the total output of the production quota in Delta State, the Isoko nation has eight oil fields, Uzere East and West, Oroni, Ogini, Oleh/Olomoro, Owhe, Agip field at Irri which extends to Isoko community of Osekwenike in Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa State.
He also lamented that, ” It is really painful that Isoko nation which has been producing oil for the past 62 years to oil the development of Nigeria has been totally denied the benefits of this natural resources which contributes over 90 percent of the country’s earnings, noting that, the main reason is because Isoko nation preferred to toe the part of peace instead of violence. It is rather unfortunate that the government only compensate violence and neglect peace makers”
He therefore appealed to President Muhmmadu Buhari to fulfill the promise he made when the Isoko people led a delegation of his leaders to him to articulate their demands, stating that, so far, only of them has been fully implemented, which is the reactivation of the 15 oil Wells in the Isoko section of OML 28 at Uzere which was locked up for several years.
“For the federal roads in Isoko land, the federal ministry of works sent engineers to do the scoping. After that nothing else was done. We are therefore appealing to Mr. President to order those concerned back to site, also the inclusion of Isoko youths in the amnesty programme, in which Isoko is callously excluded, as as the establishment of modular refinery in Isoko land”
Also speaking, the President of the Isoko Development Union Women Wing Mrs. Felicia Suleiman said that, Isoko ethnic nationality has been greatly marginalized in the area of federal appointment, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to give Isoko women and federal appointment, adding that Isoko have notable men and women who can represent Isoko and the nation at the federal level.
She also said that since the visit to Mr. President last year, the Isoko nation has not heard from him, that they are wondering if he recognizes them, noting that the Isoko nation is running out of patience if their demands are not met.
Meanwhile the Chairman of Host Communities Oil and Gas Producing Area(HOSTCOM) Comrade Morrister Idibra stated that they are solidly behind the statements of the President General Isoko Development Union, stating that, enough is enough, it is time for the Isoko ethnic group to take their rightful place in the affairs of Nigeria.
“We will not be seen as second class citizens neither as a conquered territory, we are free born Nigerians. Every of our entitlement should be given to us”