BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN— YOUTHS from oil-rich Orogho community in Orhiomnwon Local Government Area of Edo State, yesterday, warned oil companies operating in the area to be wary of impersonators to avoid conflict with the community.
In a statement by the chairman of Orogho Community Youth Development Association, Mr. Charles Eghaghe and General Secretary, Mr. Osasogie Omoruyi, the youths stressed the need for oil companies operating in their domain to live up to their responsibility to the host community for peaceful operation.
The community threatened to take legal action against two persons (names withheld) for parading themselves as representatives of the community, and warned that youths of the community would resist any attempt to usurp the powers of the authentic leaders by persons they described as impersonators.
While commending chiefs in the community for promoting harmonious relationship with the youths, the youths noted that their leader’s election and that of his executives would have not been possible but for the blessings and prayers of His Royal Highness, Prince Osayande Akenzua, the Enogie of Orogho.
The statement said: “We expect oil communities to help in the development of our community because we have given them the desired support. But we also advise them to be careful with some persons who are impersonating as youth leaders in our community because any attempt to deal with fake people as regards matters that concern the community will be resisted.”
Recall that youths from the community, last week, protested to Edo State House of Assembly, complaining about what they described as un-acceptable activities of Seplat Petroleum and Newcross Petroleum Limited, the oil firms operating in the area. They warned that they will disrupt the companies’ operations if they failed to listen to the problems of the community.