No going back on total shutdown of oil, gas operations — Niger Delta group

An Urhobo ethnic group in the Niger Delta, Campaign for the Economic Survival of Urhobo Nation (CATESUN), has said there was no going on its plans to shutdown oil and gas operations in the region following
its earlier ultimatum to the Federal Government to address some issues.

The group had issued a 14-day ultimatum on the Federal Government to initiate fresh process of ceding out the 57 marginal oil field and address issues of gross marginalization of oil multinationals and the government against Urhobo people. The ultimatum expired last Monday.

President of the group, Olorogun Ese Kakor said, their call for fresh ceding process of the 57 marginal oil field was necessitated by illegal moves by the Minister for State for Petroleum Resources, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Director General of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), to exclude Urhobo people from the process.

Kakor appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, in the statement, to call his officials in the oil and gas industry to order, accusing them of being the architects of the potentially combustive situation with the capacity to set the entire Niger Delta on fire again.

It emphasised that a new process will give competent Urhobo men and women the opportunity to participate in oil and gas activities fairly, having “endured injustice, since the discovery of crude oil in their lands.”

Olorogun Mathew Uparan aka Odjeku and Chief Emma Shobor, stated that Urhobo nation is host to several oil and gas facilities, including the multi billion dollars Utorogu Gas Plant, reportedly the biggest in Africa.

“We are not going back on our threat to shutdown operations of International Oil Companies (IOCs) in Urhobo nation, enough of the marginalization,” they chorused. 

(Daily Sun)

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