By Emma Amaize
WARRI—IJAW Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, has urged multinational oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region, which refused to relocate their operational headquarters to the area notwithstanding several directives from the Federal Government, to vacate the oil-rich region.
The rights group, in a statement by its national president, Austin Ozobo, said: “Our attention has been drawn to the failure of oil multinational companies operating in the Niger Delta to return their operational headquarters to the region despite several directives from the Federal Government.
“It is our warning that such companies refusing to relocate their operational headquarters to the Niger Delta should quit or vacate the region. It is provocative and absurd for oil companies operating in the region to undermine the clarion calls of stakeholders to relocate to the region.
“Our environment is being polluted and degraded daily. Our ecology system has been damaged. We inhale hydrocarbon particles and emissions from gas flaring, uncompleted combustion and other oil activities, but no justice is done to ameliorate it.
“We make bold to say that peace will elude Nigeria except Niger Delta is given her due place in the country. It is equally appalling that the Muhammadu Buhari government cannot enforce compliance of his directive to oil multinational companies to relocate their operational headquarters to the Niger Delta.
“It is sad that Nigeria is governed by oil companies. It is a pity that Nigeria has turned to a lawless state where oil companies dictate laws that should govern the country and how it should operate. We are disappointed at the government’s failure to compel these companies to do the needful.”