By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE Ughievwen Traditional Council of Chiefs in Delta State has accused the Federal Government of gross marginalisation and non-recognition in the administration and distribution of amenities due to oil producing communities in the country.
The council also warned that, though violence appeared to be handsomely rewarded in the country, the people of Ughievwen would continue to embrace the peace initiatives of the government.
It, however, admonished all tiers of government to always take the people into confidence before any project is undertaken in their area, saying that situations where things were done behind them were unacceptable.
In a letter addressed to President Umaru Yarâ€™ Adua, Council Chiefs, including Esi Kevwe, Jacobs Ododofor,Anini Orogo, Peter Duvwiama and five others from Ughelli South council area of Delta State, said even the state government and local council have also subjected them to unimaginable marginalisation.
The chiefs lamented that the kingdom that plays host to 17 SPDC gas well head and 18 oil wells had been marginalised and neglected for a very long time because the people are peace-loving and have provided a conducive working environment for the operation of SPDC.
According to them, â€œthe whole Ughievwen Kingdom has no meaningful infrastructural development, no incentives given, no royalty paid and so on.
â€œWe should be given recognition by all tiers of government. We play host to the Otorogun Gas Plant that supplies gas to Ghana, Togo and many other West African countries, yet we have nothing to show for being a good host. This is not good enough.â€
They called on Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to direct the state-owned Oil development Commission (DESOPADEC) to immediately address their plight to ensure continued peace and harmony in the state, as they are no fools to be treated with disdain.
They also charged Mr. President to intervene in their pitiable condition in order to achieve the intent of his seven-point agenda.
The council finally charged the SPDC to respect the peaceful and accommodating spirit of the people and reciprocate same if the cordial relationship were not to be scuttled to the discomfiture of all Nigerians.