By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Two days after lawmak ers from the South-South of the country rejected the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), some youths from Ndokwa, Delta State, have also rejected the government Gas Master Plan unless the interest of host communities was adequately taken care of.
The youths, under the aegis of Ndokwa Youths Congress, also called on the Senate to site the central processing facility of the gas product in Ndokwa land where, according to them, the country has the largest deposit of gas.
In a statement by Chimennma Okolo, National President, Ndokwa Youth Congress, the youths commended Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, for insisting that host communities should be involved in the operation of companies bidding to invest in the gas sector, as this will boost employment and reduce incidence of youth restiveness.
According to them, today, trillions of cubic feet of Associated Gas (AG)Â from Kwale, Beneku, Okpai , Aboh, Egwe and other contiguous oil and gas fields in Ndokwa land is being gathered and injected into storage underground reservoirs at the NAOC gas plant in Kwale, which is a ready source for the Gas Master Plan.
They claimed thatÂ â€œnew oil and gas companies, like Mid Western Oil and Gas, Platform Petroleum, Pillar Oil, Energia-UPDC, Sterling Global, Chorus Energy and a host of others have discovered huge deposit of Non-Associated Gas (NAG)Â in the upland areas of Ndokwa and Ukwuani local government areas which can be confirmed with the relevant authorities, making Ndokwa/Ukwuani the rightful hub for the central processing facility (CPF).â€
The youths urged the â€œNigerian Senate to rise above sectional and tribal affiliations and interest in this matter. Congress, therefore, urges the Senate to site the Central Processing Facility in Ndokwa land as Warri already has PTI, NNPC Refinery, Delta Steel Company Aladja, etc.
â€œCongress refuses to accept a Gas Master Plan that seeks to further impoverish our people, enslave us”.
, cause spillage on our land, and destroy our environment without any commensurate developmental activities.
â€œWe will not allow our gas resources to be taken from underneath and across our land to be processed elsewhere without our equity participation.
â€œWe, therefore, reject the Gas Master Plan as presently composed, unless and until Ndokwaâ€™s interest is sufficiently taken care of. Let our peaceful disposition not be mistaken for cowardice,â€ said the youths.
They expressed surprised that government would be considering such gas project without an adequate input from Ndokwa people who have largest deposit of gas in the country.