By FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI—Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change, an advocacy group, has urged the Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to fully implement the Local Content Policy.
In a statement, yesterday, by its President, Nelly Emma (Cross River State), John Sailor, Secretary (Bayelsa State) and Mukoro Stanley, Public Relations Officer (Delta State), the group warned those against her reappointment to have a rethink or risked the wrath of the people of the Niger Delta region.
Calling for a change in the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, the group insisted that Alison- Madueke would not bring about the desired change until NNPC management was changed.
Said the group, “we are glad that Mrs. Alison-Madueke is back as Petroleum Minister; this has been our prayer. We are behind you, fully implement the Local Content Policy and look at ways to encourage Niger Delta people, who have invested heavily to build capacity in the oil industry.”
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“Before you can succeed, the NNPC head must be changed, alongside the Managing Directors of Shell and Chevron Nigeria Limited,” the group added.
Urging the Petroleum Minister to revoke all contracts already awarded to Saipem, Daewoo, Acergy and OPI, it alleged that, “they are the people manipulating things with those in NNPC in order to milk the nation dry and preventing our people from picking jobs in the oil and gas industry.”
According to the group, “as part of their strategic to frustrate our people, Shell, Chevron, Total E&P, Agip and ExxonMobil have packaged oil major projects in onshore and offshore, including pipelines, installation of jackets, fabrication of jackets and oil well heads from 2011 to 2016 to Saipem, Daewoo, Acergy and OPI.
“These major contracts have been packaged for these companies and this is where they are really ripping off our economy. Even the management of NNPC is aware of this game plan. We want the Petroleum Minister to act fast now by ensuring that these jobs that have been programmed for these companies from 2011 to 2016 are revoked.
“Let it be known today that we are not going to take it easy with anybody again standing on the way of our hard working daughter, Alison-Madueke, they should stop threatening her. She is out to reform the oil sector and she should be allowed to do this important assignment for the nation,” the group added.