From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Oleh host community to Nigeria Agip oil company (NAOC) in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta state has called on the Federal Government and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to prevail on the operating oil company in the area to accede to its demands.
The people of the community had recently protested what they described as inhuman and heartless activities of the giant Agip oil company to fulfill the agreement reached and threatened that they shall explore all ways to ensure the oil company is brought to its knee on its failure to the agreement.
Hundreds of indigenes of the community had thronged out to stay put at the entrance to the Oil company to press home their anger and disappointment as they also accused the firm of failure to employ people of the area as well as develop their operations.
The aggrived protesters were said to have been drawn from 10 families, including Adoke , Egbema, Egdedemi,Ovuorien , Eraro , Ebave, Oko,Ululu / Atedezi , Okparo /Edubi and Emiye that make up Oleh community and host to the multinational oil company.
But addressing Journalists in Asaba on Wednesday, the youth Chairman of the community Oil landlords, Prince Erube Oghogho said that Oleh community has five oil wells operated by Agip oil company, and decried the company’ nonchalant attitude to the Challenges facing the community.
He said that the multinational oil company had failed to employ or provide basic amenities for the people despite the heavy noise pullution emanating from the company’s operations which has led to the cracking of the walls of several houses around the Agip facility , adding we have done our best possible to ensure peace to no avail and the oil company promised to build a flow station here after drilling our 5th oil well but as we speak they have not done anything”
He said that noise level vibration from the facility was beyond acceptable level as it has resulted in the cracking of building around the facility with resultant health hazards to the residents, adding that despite all the oil they drill from the land no single Oleh soon works in the company as direct staff.
Also Speaking, the state Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Chief Emmanuel Amagbaduba however appealed to the aggrieved members of the Oleh community to allow peaceful coexistence as efforts were being made to ensure the Agip oil company works with the agreement reached.
He said: in Delta state we have Memorandum of Understanding ( GMOU) which guides the activities of oil companies and the government and I can give assurance that no interests will be left out since all parties must be present during the signing of such GMOU”
But Officials of Agip Oil Company who responded on condition of anonymity said the people were making trouble for no tangible reasons adduced, adding that the Agip oil company had not failed in all to dispose to their demands, warning that the company was ready to do battle with the people on legal grounds.