By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”THE people of Owevwe, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, have suspended their protest against the state government for its failure to build the communityâ€™s road of about 13 kilometres.
The people, mainly youths and women, who barricaded the major road leading to Agbarha and other nearby towns and villages for about a week, decided to dismantle the barricades following the state governmentâ€™s promise to commence work on the road in two weeks.
It would be recalled that the people of the oil bearing community had penultimate Sunday, barricaded the road with casket, logs of wood and canopies after digging a trench across the road.
Fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the suspension of the protest, the communityâ€™s President-General, Mr Freeborn Adjanakpor, said the decision to suspend the strike was informed by the state governmentâ€™s promise that its contractor, WESCO, would mobilize to site in two weeks.
Adjanakpor said they would resume the protest if the state government failed to commence work on the road in the next one month.
Lamenting that the community was being marginalized, he said there were over 21 oil wells, a flow station, a pigging manifold and gas station in the community.
He disclosed that the communityâ€™s oil well was producing over 14,000 barrel of crude oil and 1.5 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.
Mrs Margaret Akpoyibo, a woman leader in the community, decried the deplorable state of the road, adding that the bad state of the road was impacting negatively on their socio-economic lives of the people.
One of the youths, Mr Newworld Ehwre, said they have been dialoguing with the council chairman, Mr Kenneth Ibru and some other leaders of the community who persuaded them to give government some time to act on the their request.