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Nigeria loses 44,000 barrels of crude daily as youths shut down Odidi, Batan flow stations

BREAKING: Nigeria loses 44000 barrels of crude daily as youths shut down Odidi, Batan flow stations

BY JIMITOTA ONOYUE

WARRI:  Youths from Odidi/Kantu  and  Diebiri- Batan  communities in Warri south west native authorities areas  have shut down the Odidi and Batan oil stream stations, thus making the nation lose about 44,000 barrels  of  crude oil day by day from the stream stations.

The stream stations shut down final Saturday night had remained in order at yesterday   with  the youths insisting that they  will solely resume operations after the operator Neconde Energy restricted had cleared all payments owed the host communities.

In Odidi  neighborhood, protesting ladies decked in black apparel marched within the heavy  rain on Saturday , chanting Ijaw songs demanding for justice.  Some of the placards they carried learn, “ We want NPDC to manage our  flow station”, “ Pay us our money”, “ Our community is underdeveloped, no gain from our flow station”, and so forth.

While the ladies had been chanting their songs in entrance of a platform guarded by army males within the space some leaders of the neighborhood  went into  a gathering with the army males. When the assembly was dragging on  for too lengthy  the ladies stormed the venue, shouting “ assault’ and the identical time asking their leaders to depart the  army males alone.

Mr Godwin Akorie , Public relations officer, Odidi neighborhood  and Mr Beke Timinimi, Public relations officer of Kantu neighborhood who later got here to deal with newsmen after the assembly with the  army males mentioned they went to tell the army males of intention of the communities  to close down the stream station over alleged failure of the operator to maintain its guarantees to the realm

“We met with the military men  to  inform them of our intention to off the flare. We came to make them understand our plights.  This issue has gone to the state governor, no avail. All the agreements reached with the company , promises made by the company nothing has been met. Now the military men said we should give them one week. If by one week the company fails to meet our demands it  may result to self help”, Godwin mentioned.

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Public relations officer of Kantu neighborhood ,  Timinimi, additionally reechoed the result of the assembly with the army males.

At  Diebiri Batan neighborhood , the PRO, Mr Peter Dio  decried the alleged failure of Neconde to clear  its debt to the neighborhood, including that the Batan stream station would additionally stay shut till the money owed had been cleared.

Among different issues, the communities alleged that employees, indigenous contractors had not been paid for over a yr, including that the corporate  had additionally didn’t honour agreements reached at varied peace conferences together with one brokered by the state authorities.  They mentioned they’d written a number of open letters to President Muhammadu Buhari on their plight with no end result

No workers of the corporate may very well be reached for remark. Meantime the corporate had in a newspaper  advertorial responding to allegations from the host communities not too long ago  amongst different issues mentioned it had continued to hold the communities alongside in its operations, stressing that it recognised it’s host communities as “critical stakeholders in the JV and we have implemented a deliberate and consistent policy of economic empowerment for community entrepreneurs that has led to the award of several contracts to members of our community. Community related contracts for various services within the asset currently stand at N604 million monthly and N7.3 billion annually”.

The firm mentioned it awarded electrification of the communities to host neighborhood contractors .

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