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Bayelsa Community Shuts down Oil Wells


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Nigeria

August.06.2014

The nation’s economy was dealt a devastating blow yesterday when the aggrieved people of Biseni clan in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State shut down five oil wells in Idu Oil Field operated by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company.

The wells were said to be producing over 15,000 barrels of oil per day.
THISDAY gathered that the oil wells 3,6,8,11 and 12 were forcibly shut down by angry youths of the communities who were protesting against an alleged neglect by the oil company, a subsidiary of the Italian oil giant, ENI SPA.

The protesting communities, Egbabiri I and II and Akudonu, carried out the action on Sunday following Agip’s  alleged refusal to provide a power generating set and other incentives for them one year after it promised to do so.

They were said to have erected blockades on the roads leading to the oil wells, chanting solidarity songs.
According to  the Secretary of Egbebiri II community, Solomon Ogiama, the company at a meeting last April craved the understanding of the communities to supply the generator set in May but had failed to do so.

He said Agip had not awarded contract for the building of doctor and nurses quarters in the area which was part of a General Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) the company signed with the communities in 2001.

Ogiama stressed that the company had  frustrated every peaceful move by the communities for the renewal of the GMoU, adding that they are tired of the antics of the company, hence the youths resorted to the action they took.

Beside, he disclosed that Agip had not paid for several surveillance contract jobs executed by indigenous contractors in the area for over nine months, adding that efforts to get the company to settle the debt had proved abortive.
“Why won’t we be angry with Agip? We don’t have light. We don’t have water. There is no borehole facility. We are not happy with the way and manner Agip is treating us,” Ogiama said.

He warned that until they hold a meeting with the general manager in charge of the district and the generator set provided, they would not remove the blockades they had mounted.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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