By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”GBARA- MATU natives in Warri South-West local government area of Delta State have threatened to disrupt the on-going repair works on the Escravos gas and oil pipelines blown up by militants in the aftermath of the JTF/militants clash in Gbaramatu kingdom in May this year.
Chief Moses Bebenimibo, the financial secretary ofÂ bombed Kunukunuma community said in a statement in Warri yesterday that the companies engaged in the repair works have failed to heed Federal Government commitmentâ€™s to local content policy and called on the government and the JTF to call the companies to order.
According to him, â€œthese companies have deliberately ignored the services of local contractors in the areas of supply of house boats, barges, welding machines and other equipment that can readily be supplied by them, including petrol and diesel.
He alleged that efforts to get the affected companies to mend their ways for a peaceful resolution of the grey areas of the engagement have been frustrated, adding that â€œthese actions by the companies indicate that they are prepared to cause crisis in the area.
â€œAs peace loving people, we have just come out of crisis that affected the whole nation. If Chevron and other oil companies that have what it takes to purchase all the equipment could award them contract in obedience to government adherence to local content policy, why should these companies fail to do same to other indigenous companies.â€
Lauding Governor Emmanuel Uduaghanâ€™s peace efforts in the state and thanking him for ensuring the re-settlement of the displaced Gbaramatu people to their homes, Bebenimibo called for urgent government intervention on the issues at stake for the sake of harmonious working relationship with the companies.