By Emma Arubi
WARRI â€” THE royal family of Ekegu in Ndokwa local government area of Delta State has appealed to the federal and state governments to prevail on the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, to payÂ them adequate monetary compensation for oil exploration and exploitation in the area.
The family also enjoined the company to enter with it a Memorandum of Understan-ding over the occupation of their swamp (UDABA) land for oil exploration and exploitation business for the last 30 years.
Ekegu family, which wrote the General Manager ofÂ NAOC in Port-Harcourt, under the aegis of Ekegu Family Youth Movement (EFYM), alleged that the company had been operating in their land without any form of compen-sation and recognition, in spite of several letters to that effect.
The letter, signed by Prince Steve Enebeli and Prince Ifeanyi Opene, Chairman and Acting Secretary of EFYM, warned that they would not permit NAOC and any of its contracting firms to re-mobilise to the oil and gas-rich Udaba land across Ase creek in Igbuku Kingdom without the company entering into a meaningful negotiation with their accredited represen-tatives.
Noting that they were prepared to lay down their lives than allow the re-entry of the company into their land without reaching agreement with them, the family appealed to the federal and state governments to urgently intervene in the interest of justice, peace and equity.