BY Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—THE Federal Government is to intervene in the crisis that rocked Ugborodo community in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, over the multi-billion dollar, first Nigerian Gas City Project cited in the community. Parties in the crisis who were earlier summoned to Abuja were asked to return to Delta State to talk with the committee, with a view of finding a lasting solution to the crisis.
At yesterday’s inauguration of the committee at the office of the Secretary to Delta State Government, were seven persons each from the warring sides, including the representative of the Navy, Department of State Services, DSS and Police.
One of the factions was led by a former Commissioner in the state, Dr. Alex Ideh, while Chief Thomas Eritoyo led the other faction.
Addressing the gathering before the two factions met with the committee behind closed doors, Secretary to the Delta State Government, Mr Ovuozorie Macaulay, said: “You are aware of the crisis over the gas project, which is a Federal Government project. The presidency has intervened. Parties involved in the crisis were summoned to Abuja and a committee put in place by the Presidency by the then Chief of Naval Staff and the Inspector General of Police. The end result of it was the setting up this committee, which is sitting here (in Asaba) today (yesterday) for the first time officially and we are to come back and resolve the issues.
“In the meantime, work at the site should not be disturbed and nobody should claim leadership of the community. So, our duty here is to commence talk on the issues, so that the gas plant which is the largest and the first in Africa would go on smoothly without any disturbance from the community. I want to say here that with the setting up of this committee, the earlier committee that was announced on November 19, 2013 stands dissolved.
“With this committee, there should be stoppage of hostilities on both sides, not in terms of killing anybody, but in terms of exchange of words, using the media in negative manner. All statements from parties must cease until we resolve the issues at stake. If we get any publication or any form of disturbance, the leadership at this level should be held responsible as that was part of the Abuja agreement.”