By Perez Brisbe & Ochuko Akuopha
UGHELLI— Indigenes of oil bearing communities in Oil Mining Lease, OML 30, in their hundreds, yesterday, stormed Ughelli North Local Government Area secretariat, Delta State, demanding the termination of the tenure of the Community Development Board, CDB of the oil block.
The placard-carrying protesters, who defied the heavy rainfall, marched through the major streets of Ughelli metropolis, lamenting the continued stay in office of the CDB, whose tenure, they said, expired on February 5, 2018.
Speaking during the protest, one of the protesters, self-styled ‘Gen’ Richard Oshegu, accused the CDB of “diverting the pipeline surveillance jobs meant for ex-militants and youths of the host communities to non- indigenes of the communities while the local content act requirement was not being followed.
“The present board should relinquish the pipeline surveillance contracts so that a new CDB can be put in place to carry the youths of the communities along in the surveillance of oil and gas pipelines in their domains.”
Another protester, who identified himself as Kelvin Omobaye said, “Since we don’t want bloodshed, we are appealing to the local and state governments to urgently call the CDB to order to avoid the breakdown of law and order in OML 30.”