By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”THE eight host communities to the Abura Oil Field operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company limited, NPDC, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State have issued a 14 day ultimatum to the company to vacate the area due to incessant oil spill.
This was contained in a communiquÃ© issued at the end of a meeting of leaders of Abura Oil Field, NPDC and Host Communities, signed by Chairmen of Emadadja, Ubogo, Ogbe-Udu, Okolor, Ekrota, Ukperheren, Obubu and Ugbisi communities as well as Owahwa community in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.
They lamented that the area wasÂ perpetually being impoverishment and desecrated by the company.
It read:Â â€œFollowing multiple oil spillages in the Abura Oil field due to failure of facilities of the NPDC in Emadadja, Ubogo, Ogbe-Udu, okolor, Ekrota, Ukperheren, Obubu Owahwa and Ugbisi communities, all in Udu and Ughelli South Local Government areas of Delta State as host communities, and subsequent unheeded complaints from the host communities, we leaders of the host communities are constrained to issue a 14 day ultimatum to NPDC to vacate our land.â€
According to the communities, other grievances include; â€œnon-employment of indigenes into the company, absence of empowerment programme for youths and women, non-provision of basic amenities as portable water, health care facilities, neglect of expected social and corporate responsibilities to their host communities.
The communities said these had resulted in multiple spillages within a period of one month, describing it as arrogant display of insensitivity to the peoples’ plight.