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Delta Community shuts oil field in protest

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By Akpokona Omafuaire
WARRI—THE people of Adadja Community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, host to the Abura oil field, weekend, shut down operations at the oil field over alleged poor state of infrastructure in the area, particularly the Adadja Road, warning the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NNPC, operators of the field to steer clear of the town, pending when attention is given to their road.

The protest, which took place in the early hours of of the day, 2010, saw all roads leading to the town barricaded by fierce-looking young men, brandishing placards and fresh leaves.

They complained of prolonged neglect of the area despite their  contribution to the nation’s economy.
Chairman of Emadadja Community, Mr. Peter Tanure, while addressing newsmen,  said  that NPDC was aware  of  their yearnings and needs.

“Since 1972, that  NPDC has operated in our land, no meaningful development can be said to have come to our communities. Our only access road is in a terrible state. Our youths are without jobs. No good water or hospital, yet the liquid gold is being tapped from the 13 oil wells in our land to develop Abuja and other parts of the country. We have come to say, enough is enough,” he added.

In the same vein, the Community Secretary, Mr. Torere Moses; Vice Chairman, Mr. Christopher Origbo; Youth leader, Mr. John Ovedje and Spokeswoman, Mrs Read Ogunu all condemned NPDC for their shoddy attitude to the Adadja people.

The people pleaded with the Acting Governor of Delta State, Prince Sam Obi to prevail on NPDC and the contractor, WORKSON, to which the road contract was said to have been awarded to move to site before the protest would be suspended.

Some of the placards carried by the protesters read: State Government we need our road, NPDC leave our land, we need development in Adadja community, DESOPADEC wayo people etc.

Efforts to reach NPDC and WORKSON for their comments were not successful as at press time.

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