By Lucky Oji
Following the threat by Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, to resume bombing of oil installations in the oil rich region, the paramount ruler of Ogulagha kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State, His Royal Majesty, Joseph Timiyan, has said the Federal Government deliberate neglect of the oil producing communities will continue to fuel agitations in the region.
The Ijaw monarch, who spoke in Warri, said: “ Regrettably, it is the oil producing communities in Niger Delta that are being neglected, marginalised and underdeveloped and not the entire Niger Delta region. However, the oil producing communities must protect oil facilities in their environment and never allow outsiders to come in to attack the facilities.”
He further lamented that “ the agitations in the region may linger because the Federal Government was being deceived and misled by politicians, who are not from oil producing communities.
“Let me advise the agitators that this is not the time for destruction of oil pipeline, but rather, it is a time for the right people to lead or take charge of the negotiations with Federal Government on the development of oil producing communities in Niger Delta.”