By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”HUNDREDS of Itsekiri, Ijaw and Urhobo natives in Warri metropolis yesterday staged a peaceful protest against the management of Product and Pipeline Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of NNPC, for non-payment of compensation.
They also said they were protesting against the company’s failure to provideÂ relief materials to them, following last Juneâ€™s oil spillage from a sunken oil vessel, S.J. Amazing, at the NNPC jetty at Jalla, Warri, Delta State.
The protesters, who barricaded the major entrance into the PPMC/WRPC premises, also gave the management of the company a 3-week ultimatum to fully address the problem of water pollution resulting from the oil spill and destruction of their farmland and fishing gears.
Spokespersons of the protesters, Barrister Clarkson Aribogha and Prince Sam Uwanikone, told the management of the PPMC that failure to comply with their demands would be met with devastating result.
They also charged the company not to take their simple and peace loving disposition on the matter for granted.
They said they had met all the required conditions set by NNPC and fulfilled all NOSDRA conditions, wondering why they should be so treated with disdain, in spite of their cooperation with the company.
Responding on behalf of the management of PPMC, Area Manager of the company, Mr. Remi Eluyefa, assured the protesters that he would personally ensure that their complaints were urgently looked into with a view to resolving same amicably.
He acknowledged that as host communities to the operations of the PPMC, it was only wise to be at peace with them to ensure a very cordial working environment at all times.
Eluyefa applauded the protesters for the peaceful nature of their protest and charged them to remain calm, stressing that violence would not resolve the matter.