BY WILLIAM JIMOH
LAGOS— FOR second day running, operations of five oil firms in Kirikiri town, Oriade Local Council Development Council Area, LCDA, of Lagos State, were paralysed by residents protesting the deplorable state of roads in the community and lack of employment opportunities for its youths.
The community accused the oil firms of not only refusing to offer jobs to the youths but also destroyed the two major roads in the community (Cardoso and Karimu) by their heavy duty trucks.
Affected oil companies are Bovas Oil, Techno Oil, Swift Oil, Index Petrolube Africa and Fatgbems Oil.
The protesters who displayed several placards with inscriptions such as “repair our roads and provide jobs for our youths”, blamed the sorry state of the major roads in the town on oil companies and vowed to halt their operations by preventing tanker trucks from entering into the community until their demands were met.
President-General of Kirikiri Youth Association, Mr. Udoji Popoola, explained that the protest remained the only option since the companies had reneged on their promises to repair the roads.
He said: “We are not fighting anybody. We are not destroying anything. All we are agitating for is that the roads in this community are in a very bad condition and that it is high time they were repaired.”
Chairman, Oriade LCDA, Mr Ibrahim Sanusi, told Vanguard that he had made efforts to draw the attention of the oil tank farm operators to the bad state of the roads to no avail, lamenting that the LCDA had no capacity to do the two major roads.