By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€” MULTINATIONAL oil firms operating in Onelga Local Government Area of Rivers State have been told to be alive to their corporate social responsibility or risk the angry reaction of the people.
In an open letter to the Acting President, youths of the area, under the aegis of ONELGA Youth Federation said the oil firms had failed to contribute to the economy of the area, particularly on matters relating to creation of job opportunities for youths in the area.
The group further decried the operations of the firms which, according to them, are causing severe pollution and damage to farm lands.
â€œOur problems range from lack of employment, environmental pollution from oil and gas activities, lack of infrastructures within the host communities like road, clean water and electricity.
â€œOur people are naturally farmers and fishermen, but the activities of the joint ventures have destroyed our farm lands and aquatic lives. The pollution caused by their activities have damaged our crops due to the toxic compounds,â€ the group said.