By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The Joint Task Force, yesterday, waded into the face-off between women of Torugbene community in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, over the alleged refusal of the company to involve women in the implementation of the Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU, in the area.
It was learnt that the aggrieved women in their hundreds had last week laid siege to the oil facility owned by Shell at Torugbene community and disrupted production activities over the alleged connivance between the male dominated leadership of the community and Shell in the implementation of the GMoU.
Worried by the escalating tension, the Sector 2 Command of the JTF, was said to have deployed his men to the troubled area and succeeded in placating the protesting women to give peace a chance.
During a tour of the troubled area, yesterday, Commander of the Sector 2 Command in Bayelsa, Col. Victor Ezugwu, said he engaged the women in dialogue and succeeded in securing the assurance of the Shell management on their grievances.
But the Media Officer of the Sector 2 Command, Lt. Cmdr. F. Achukwu, in a statement said the visit of Col. Ezugwu to the troubled oil platform was in line with the post-amnesty mandate handed the force to protect oil multinationals operating in the region.
Col. Ezugwu assured the community leaders and Shell of a secured environment for the operation of oil companies and boosting of oil production in the area.
“We have also provided security to neighboring communities of Ukubie, Lubia, Azuzuama,” he added.
The Sector 2 Commander admonished the troops deployed to the facility and other areas of the council area to ensure “the use of proper tactical, overt and covert operations to protect the vast infrastructure and equipment at the rig site as well as protection of the rig staff.”