Members of Egbema and Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation, EGCDF, have urged the Federal Government and oil servicing companies in the Niger Delta to divert money being used for security and repairs of pipelines for development of the region, to end insecurity, pipeline vandalism and bombings in the region.
Executive Chairman of EGCDF, Chief Michael Johnny, who spoke on behalf of the members during the 6th Annual General Meeting, AGM, of Egbema and Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation, said there was no youth in Gbaramatu and Egbematu kingdoms receiving N200,000.00 monthly salary that would indulge or allow pipelines to be bombed in his area.
He said, “The money Chevron Nigeria Limited and the Federal Government are spending on repairs of destroyed oil facilities and security should be used for development of the region. If they do this, I know militancy and insecurity will naturally die in the region. I am saying this because most of the youths are taking advantage of the underdevelopment of the region to perpetrate evil.
We need to be involved in big contracts like other partners in the development process. The Federal Government, NDDC and DESOPADEC and others are not sincere to us when it comes to development of our area. But for Chevron Nigeria Limited, the situation could have been worse.”
In his remarks, General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Deji Haastrup, said CNL designed the GMoU to empower the communities which constitute the EGCDF and promote the spirit of self-help, so that the people could take their destiny in their hands and begin to champion their future.