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Bayelsa youth up in arms over Shell 'neglect'

18 November 2013, 09:40

Abuaj-  Youths from Kolo community in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State have threatened to shut down operations of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) over alleged neglect by the company.

They cited the bad state of the Imirringi- Edepie road as among issues they alleged highlighted the neglect.

They blame the oil company for the bad state of the road.

The youths made their grievances known at Town Hall meeting organized by the Bayelsa State Public Information Management Committee.

They complained that the SPDC has operated in the area for more than 40 years but the company had allegedly continued to neglect the indigenes of the community.

The aggrieved youths, led by their President, Victor Otobo, said the youths and women in the community had concluded plans to stage a peaceful protest in a bid to register their displeasure over what they described as government’s neglect to the community.

Otobo, said the protest was to raise grievances with the State Government and the SPDC that the community had been plunged into electricity blackout in the past three months, in addition to the deplorable condition of roads in the area.

The Chairman of the Public Information Management Committee and Special Adviser to the Governor on Social Media, Boma Spero-Jack, noted that Ogbia local government area was blessed with land where the first oil well was discovered in large quantities at Oloibiri in 1956.

He assured the youths that the outcome of the interactive session would be presented to government.

He added that the state government was working tirelessly to revamp the ailing state Plastic Industry and Oil Palm Industry.

 – CAJ News


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