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Uzere/Shell crisis: Children of slain youths get scholarship

By Austin Ogwuda

Asaba—FOUR youths, who were killed in 2011, during the crisis that engulfed Uzere community in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State following the struggle by the community to secure a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Shell Petroleum Development Company have been given heroes burial.

The youths, interred in white caskets were Onome Ogbeye 28, Festus Idolor 38, Sunday Omodhi 35 and Emu Udevieme 40. They were described as the heroes of “justice and liberation.”

Speaking on the occasion, the President General of Uzere, Chief Emeakpor Owhe, said: “These youths have paid the supreme prize for the collective desire to free all of us from the shackles of oppression and exploitation. These unforgettable youths we are burying are heroes of our time and their memory shall remain indelible as long as Uzere lives.

“It is in recognition of the great vacuum created by the sudden deaths of these loved ones that we are offering financial assistance to the families of our departed heroes to help cushion the pain of their loss.

“Furthermore, we have pledged to  duly consider for employment and labour slots as well as scholarship for their siblings or children.”

With the burial of the four youths, weekend, the Uzere flow station now under a new operator may once again be re-opened for operation.”


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