By Akpokona Omafuaire
THE people of Edjophe and Otor-Edo Communities of Ughelli-South Local Government Area of Delta State, have given the NigerCat construction Company engaged by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, a seven-day ultimatum to engage their indigenes in the ongoing Domgas Project or face eviction.
The ultimatum was handed down weekend, at the site during a peaceful protest by over 5,000 placard wielding protesters led by Mr. Vincent Sito, Chairman, Edjophe community and his Edjophe counterpart, Mr. Odibo Afokoghene.
According to Sito, “Shell has short-changed us in the Domgas project by conniving with some people from Iwhrekan to undo us. We want this issue to be addressed by giving us our equal slot of jobs, failure to comply, we will have no choice but to evict them.”
On his part, Afokoghene said “this land belongs to Orhowhe, our father. Only Iwhrekan people have been engaged but on our side, nothing is happening. The site preparation by Nigercat has seen people employed from only Iwhrekan. We will not tolerate that.”