By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”IJAW youths from oil rich Labolouseigha community in Burutu council area of Delta State yesterday gave their nod to Nigeria Agip Oil Company to carry out their operations in the community, promising to ensure peace and safety of company facilities and personnel.
The youths in a statement signed by Comrades Simon Oguma, president, Alese Ziegbe, Secretary and Alfred Ogudu, Public Relations Officer, respectively stated that the face-off with the company and its contractor over the Egrangbene Deep negotiations as it pertains to salary, community benefits and other allowances have been peacefully resolved with all relevant stakeholders including respected chiefs and leaders of the community.
According to the statement, the Labolouseigha community is a peace loving one desirous of meaningful development and employment for its teeming unemployed youths and explained that their earlier action was only intended to bring the dividends of development to the generality of the people and not to a few persons.
They charged the company to always liaise with the right persons so that they could operate in an atmosphere devoid of rancor with the larger community, saying that the Agip is welcome to their area.
While thanking the Chiefs and elders of the community for successfully wading into the impending fracas with the company over the Egrangbene job, they assured the state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of their unflinching support and continued loyalty even as they appealed for more infrastructural development and empowerment for the community and its youths.