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Bayelsa govt wades into Obunagha, Shell crisis

By Samuel Oyadongha

Bayelsa State Government has waded into the face-off between Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, and Obunagha community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

Obunagha community is host to the multi-billion naira gas plant owned by Shell.

The community women had laid siege to the road leading to the facility since last Wednesday in protest over alleged insensitivity of the company to their plight and vowed not to leave until the company address their grievances.

The women are protesting, among others, the lingering power outage in the community, lack of potable water, non-completion and implementation of health services at their health centre.

Troubled by the lingering face-off, the state government through its Ministry of Mineral Resources convened a meeting of stakeholders with a view to resolving the matter.

At press time, the women were yet to vacate the area, but a community source at the meeting presided over by the Commissioner for Mineral Resources, Mr. Francis Ikio, which had in attendance representatives of the community and Shell, told our correspondent that the parley was successful.
The source added that the outcome would be conveyed to the community so the protesting women can vacate the facility.

The source, who lauded the role of the ministry in resolving the crisis, said it was agreed that the burnt 800Amps manual transfer switch breaker, which plunged the community into darkness would be replaced with a 1250Amps automatic transfer switch ATS breaker.


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