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Aggrieved youths shut down SEEPCO OPL oil field

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Aggrieved youths shut down SEEPCO OPL oil field

Some aggrieved youths of the Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, and Onuebum community, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, today barricaded the site of an oil well project in OPL 2005 located in the community

According to the youths, the owner of the project, sterling Oil Exploration and Energy Production Company Limited (SEEPCO) allegedly disregarded the state government’s directive on resumed negotiations with host communities and compliance with local, state and federal laws including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

The angry youths, numbering over a hundred, arrived the dredging site of the project at about 9:30 am and shut down operations.

They were also supported by Onuebum youths led by the Chairman and Secretary of the Onuebum Oil and Gas Task Force, Mr John Bailiff Egapekpar and Engr. Ebitimi Egbenpere, respectively.

Aggrieved youths shut down SEEPCO OPL oil field
Aggrieved youths shut down SEEPCO OPL oil field

The youths, chanting Ijaw songs, displayed placards with inscription such as ‘SEEPCO comply with section 12 of the EIA Act’, ‘IYC demand implementation of Section 236 of the PIA for Onuebum community’, ‘We reject your non-compliance with Petroleum Industry’, and ‘Desist from your violatory operations in Onuebum’.

Speaking with Daily Post, IYC Chairman, Ayama Clan, Comrade Samson Insurance Lucky, said, “We were in Onuebum to counter the anomaly of the Sterling Global in the areas of the non-conduct of EIA, the disrespect to the Onuebum community and disregard for extant laws.

“We call on the company to resume discussions with the community and respect the relevant laws. The company have also rebuffed and shunned efforts by the IYC to assist in the resolution of the contentious issues.”

The traditional heads of Onuebum community led by the Paramount Ruler, HRH Obanema Kine Kobolota Osain, Ogo XVI and his Deputy, High Chief John Alpheus Edede, Opalama XIII, confirmed that despite the protest staged by the IYC and the youths of the community, the State Government should call the Sterling Oil Exploration and Energy Production Company Limited (SEEPCO) to order.

The Paramount Ruler said, “What we are asking is for the company to conduct EIA and respect existing laws. Instead of complying, they embarked on divisive tactics. They have disregarded the community authority.

“We call on the State Government to call the Sterling Oil Exploration and Energy Production Company Limited (SEEPCO) to order.”

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