Host Communities Threaten To Shut Down Agip Operations

Host Communities Threaten To Shut Down  Agip Operations
Host Communities Threaten To Shut Down  Agip Operations

Host Communities Threaten To Shut Down  Agip Operations

From Madu Barth,Port Harcourt

A group of landlords in the swampy areas which play host to Nigerian Agip Oil Company ( NAOC) in Rivers State have threatened to shut down the operations of the multi national company over alleged lopsided appointment and marginalisation of the host community by the oil firm.

The group through its leader, Onisoya Odum in a press conference at the NUJ Press Centre,Moscow Road,Port Harcourt said the activities of the oil company were detrimental to the host communities and appealed to the Rivers State Government to set up a panel of inquiry to ascertain the alleged marginalisation against them.

Odum alleged that the key positions in the company were shared to non indigenes, even when they do not have the requisite qualifications, adding that the situation was tantamount to "ethnic cleansing".

The Group Spokesman further alleged that the millions of dollars being siphoned through huge operational contracts under this scheme could be used in sponsoring the activities of the  Indigeneous People of Biafra ( IPOB) in the Niger Delta states particularly, Rivers,Bayelsa and Delta states where the company predominantly  operates.
According to him, about 23 indigenes of Rivers and Bayelsa States in high positions in the company were either sacked or replaced by people outside their host communities.

The group threatened that except the alleged "ethnic cleansing" in the company stops and the sacked indigenous people, particularly from Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta States are immediately reinstated,they( the host communities) will not hesitate to occupy all the operational  bases of the  company until their grievances are addressed.

" We will not fail to mobilize ourselves to shut down operations if our voice is not heard", Odum warned.

Efforts to reach the Community Relations Manager of NAOC, Dennis Mazi to react to the allegations were unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report.