Protesting youths shut down Shell facility in Bayelsa

Shell facility in Bayelsa

Young people of Agbidiama Community in the Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State arranged a dissent on Thursday and shut down the Clough Creek flow station worked by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria.

They blamed the SPDC for not giving work and strengthening plans, refusal to draw in indigenous firms for cooking administrations and disregard of the network and its authority.

Leader of Agbidiama Youth Council, Mr Torke Ekpetun, charged SPDC and other oil-adjusting organizations working in the region of relinquishing their formative commitments to the network.

He asserted that a united firm, Clinthwealth Nigeria Limited, which was shrunk by the SPDC to offer types of assistance at its oilfield in the territory, had ignored the network adolescents since 2018, among different complaints.

“We are yearning for dialogue to resolve all issues. They (SPDC and others) have refused to recognise a duly constituted youth leadership in employment matters.”

In a reaction, the Media Relations Manager, SPDC, Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, said the oil company valued a cordial relationship with its host communities and would not do anything to undermine it.

 

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He said, “It is a long-standing policy of SPDC to provide opportunities for its host communities, including but not limited to community contracts, scholarships at different levels, economic empowerment programmes such as LiveWIRE, healthcare support like the Oloibiri health programme and COVID-19 equipment donations to Bayelsa and other states.

“We also have GMoU community development programme that funds community projects decided by the communities.

“As we strive for a stronger relationship with our host communities, we are open to discussions on any complaints for an amicable resolution.”

 

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