By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The four Bayelsa communities of Imiringi, Elebele, Otuasega and Oruma in Ogbia Local Government Area, protesting against Shell Petroleum Development Company, yesterday, insisted that their demand for 24 hours electricity supply was non-negotiable as long as the company’s CPF and manifold 2 & 3 at Imiringi enjoy constant power supply.
The communities disrupted operations at Shell’s Kolo Creek Logistics Base, yesterday, threatening to lay fresh siege on the company’s facility until their demands were met.
Shell had, weekend, said it had between 2006 and 2010 disbursed N535 million to the Kolo Creek Cluster Development Board for the implementation of projects in the protesting communities in line with the GMoU entered into with them.
Spokesman of the protesting communities, Pastor Ranami Afagha, who described their demands as non-negotiable, added that they cannot be living in darkness when the company’s CPF and manifold 2 & 3 were powered with electricity on 24 hours basis.
He said: “We are waiting to hear from Shell. They have up till Wednesday (tomorrow) to notify us of their intention to meet with our representatives to resolve all grey areas. Failure to do this will leave us with no option but for our women to lay fresh siege to the company facility until our demands are met.
“We want power supply to our communities and not generators. If there is power in CPF and manifold 2 & 3 in Imiringi, then there should be light in the communities on 24 hours basis,” he added.
The communities also insisted that the gas pipeline crossing the Kolo Creek at Otuasega should be buried deeper as a result of the environmental danger it poses as well as the opening of the Kolo Creek from Ebelebiri, Oruma down to Egilama community.
The communities’ spokesman said there was no going back on their rejection of the N37million offered by Shell for local community development for the first year in the forthcoming five years GMOU.