December 22, 2016

Bayelsa youths, women protest planned relocation of Brass LNG

Bayelsa youths, women protest planned relocation of Brass LNG

APC primaries in Bayelsa

By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa—Aggrieved youths and women from communities  in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have protested against the planned withdrawal of the Federal Government’s 40 per cent stake and relocation of the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas project from the area.

The protesters, drawn from the various communities on the Brass Island, who converged on Twon Brass, were armed with placards some of which read,  “FG Leave Brass LNG alone in Bayelsa,” “ Buhari: Listen to the Niger Delta, Brass LNG is our own,” “ Brass LNG, solution to Niger Delta problems,” “The youths deserve better, leave Brass LNG,” among others.

According to them, the relocation of the project could plunge the area into another era of violent crime and militancy.

“The closure of the Brass LNG may lead the youths back to unemployment and violent crime along the waterways,” they warned.

Youth leader of Twon Brass, Ebigon Sebo, described the planned relocation of the Brass LNG as inciting.

He said: “The Brass LNG might leave any moment. They have sacked their workers in furtherance of the plan. It is now that the Federal Government wants to use joblessness to provoke Niger Delta people. If the LNG is pulled out, the youths of the state and the region may resort to criminality.

“We are begging the Federal Government to avoid crime and bloodshed. We also warn that we will not allow the Brass LNG to leave the area with their vital equipment.”

Also, Moses Benjamin, Caroline Momo and Gbalineki Iduah, called on the state governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, to intervene and prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the planned removal of the Brass LNG.

“They said the waterway is not safe and the governor made the waterway safe. If the LNG goes, the people will be provoke and other oil interests of the Federal Government may come under threat,” they noted.

However, the Brass Local Government Chairman, Mr Bello Bina, who addressed the protesters, promised to pass their complaints to the state governor, Mr Dickson, for onward transmission to President Buhari.

The chairman also expressed concern  over the planned relocation of the Brass LNG.