By Kelvin Ohoror
The Isoko ethnic nationality has demanded gas turbine from the Nigeria AGIP Oil Company operating in Isoko land with two weeks ultimatum to respond to their demand.
There is all indication that failure to attend to the demand of the ethnic group in two weeks time will lead to wide protests and shutting down of all AGIP facilities in the area.
This was made known by the Isoko Traditional Rulers Council during a meeting between the Nigeria AGIP management team at the Isoko Development Union, unity house Oleh Isoko local government area of Delta state.
In an address presented by the chairman of Isoko Traditional Rulers Council, HRM, A. W. O Ovrawah, the Odiologbo of Oleh Kingdom stated that, despite the huge contributions by Isoko Host/transit communities to the oil and gas sector and the steady gas supply from Isoko to Okpai gas plant in Kwale, Isoko communities still wallow in darkness, in unhealthy and polluted environment due to the neglect of the Nigeria AGIP company.
According to him, the tremendous performance of the Okpai gas station should go with the credit to Isoko for its gas farms that supply about sixty to seventy percent of the gas needs of the Okpai gas station in Kwale.
“The strategic contributions of oil and gas qualifies Isoko to be among the very first places to have been given Gas Turbine by AGIP in the Niger-Delta.
He noted that, it is on record that various stakeholders have at different times made formal demands on the merited installation of Gas Turbine for the oil bearing communities, and its neighbouring towns in Isoko but to no avail.
He lamented that, the Isoko Development Union, the two local government chairmen in Isoko South and North, the Isokos in North America in the United States wrote to AGIP, the community leaders, on their own made contact with AGIP. But is quite unfortunate these contacts made with AGIP didn’t received any formal acknowledgements.
HRM, Ovrawah also said that, the stretegic position of Isoko to AGIP can be seen from the statistics of AGIP facilities in Isoko land, ten oil Wells in Oleh community, six oil wells in Irri, eight oil wells in Idheze, two gas wells in Aviara, and has gas and pipelines embedded across Oyede, Okpe-Isoko, Orie, Ofagbe and Ibrede communities respectively.
He pointed out that AGIP has deliberately avoided the implementation of ENI/NAOC GROUPS sustainable Policy on reliable power supply to Isoko Host/Transient communities, contrary to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal seven affordable clean energy, which ENI group adopted for the Nigeria AGIP Oil Company to implement the sustainable clean energy to its Host and Transient communities in Nigeria.
He therefore warned that AGIP should not stir up the Isokos for any reason by the employ of tactics and delays, but to carry out ENI/NAOC GROUPS Energy Policy for Sustainable Clean Energy, and commence the construction of a Gas Turbine Project for the Isoko Hosts/ Transit communities.
Responding to the address of the Isoko Traditional Rulers Council, the Community Relations Manager Nigeria AGIP Oil Company, Delta State Mr. Okechukwu Onyemeze said that, they have heard and received the document of the demand of Isoko nation, that they will carry the presentation to the company in Port-harcourt, he stated.
He noted that the Nigeria AGIP Oil Company recognized the Isoko nation both the host and transit communities, adding that there is need for existing cordial relationship.
“In our Corporate Social Responsibility, we have executed several projects in the past and we are still going to do more.
Reacting to the response of the community relations manager Nigeria AGIP Oil Company the Odiologbo of Owhe kingdom HRM, Romanus Inana said that, “Ordinarily or conventionally there would have been no need for us to say anything outside the presentation of the Traditional Rulers Council but the response from AGIP give us some room to afraid.
The vice-chairman of the Isoko Traditional Rulers Council noted that he believe AGIP is not just here to pick the paper and send to management and God knows when they will respond.
“We want to allow you to have a rethink if you don’t have anything to tell us or be properly advice that crisis prevention is better than crisis management, he warned.
In his remarks the President General of Isoko Development Union Prof. Chris Akpotu also said that, “Ordinarily if not for respect for humanity I would have appealed to my Traditional Rulers that let possibly adjourned the meeting then AGIP await Isoko response.
He also warned that preventing crisis or conflict is better efficiency cost than managing crisis, and urged the company to respond within fourteen days or their facilities will be shut down across the Niger-Delta region.