By Oghenode Ugbogbo


Minister of petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu

Minister of petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu

Urhobo youths under the aegis of the Urhobo National Youth Movement, UNYM, has vowed to shut down facilities belonging to multinational oil companies operating in Delta Central should they fail to urgently address their demands.

The multinational companies include: Seplat Petroleum Development Company, SPDC; Pan Ocean Oil Company Nigeria Ltd and Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC.

This position was given by the president of the group, Comr. Alex Idu after a major stakeholder meeting held at Ughelli April 5, 2016.

According to him, their demand which included relocation of headquarters of all companies operating within Delta state back to the state, appointing an indigene as the Base Manager for each of the
companies, making available the employment profile for scrutiny, hundred percent compliance with the Delta State employment Act, giving indigenous contractors and suppliers their pride of place among others and for which they had embarked on a peaceful protest to the various companies on March 15, has never been addressed by any of the companies.

‘’Since the protest on March 15, none of these companies which we protested to has responded. Earlier, we had sent several letters to them on these issues but they did not respond, that was why we had to go on the peaceful protest, but since then too, we have not heard from them. Right now we have served them another post-peace protest reminder letter.

‘’ So should they fail to respond within the next ten days beginning from April 10, they should not blame us for any action we may be compelled to take.’’