DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has called on those who are trying to stir crisis in the state using oil surveillance contract as a ploy to desist as such could cause economic challenges to the nation.
Governor Okowa made the call in Asaba when he addressed some aggrieved youths from host communities to OML 30 and some ex-agitators from phases one to three of the Federal Government amnesty programme.
He charged all the residents to deviate from any activity that will reduce the quantity of oil that is being currently produced in the state.
“I want to advise that whosoever is plotting against the people, those who are benefiting and through the process of surveillance contracts are being empowered, should allow Delta state remain peaceful, because, in peace, we will be able to produce and export more crude oil and in that export the nation and the state gains,”
“It is our hope that nobody especially as the oil prices are going down should take any action that will foil the quantity of oil that we are currently producing,” he stated while calling on the protesters to remain peaceful as his administration would take necessary actions to address their grievances.
The Governor said he had held series of meetings with stakeholders ,on the need to secure the pipelines.
“This protest is happening on the day we are holding our security council meeting and the security agencies are here; the agencies have been working hard with the support of our people and our youths to keep the Trans Forcados line safe and we thank God that because of the safety of that pipeline the oil production of this nation has increased.”
According to him, the nation is doing well and anything that is being done that will cause the reversal of the progress that we are making in terms of oil production will be an economic sabotage .
“We believe that any action being taken now to re-award the surveillance job to a new company that will come to displace the locals will be an economic sabotage, and do not think that is what we will support as a state, so, we are asking you to please be patient since you have decided to follow the due process to protest peacefully; we thank and appreciate you for the information that you have passed to us; we will act as quickly as possible to ensure that there will be no disruption to the progress that we are making thus far.”
Mr Tennyson Oriunu on behalf of the protesters called on Governor Okowa to intervene in the crisis to avoid chaos in the state.
“Close to a thousand angry youths and ex-agitators from the 111 communities of Ijaw, Urhobo, Itsekiri and Isoko ethnic nationalities who are hosts to the OML 30 facilities, came to Asaba to peacefully complain about the directives of some companies to start another war in our communities and in Delta State by hijacking the surveillance contract of the Trans-Forcados Pipeline, in one of the most shady contract deals you may have heard about.”
“We want Governor Okowa to intervene to avoid crisis in the state as a result of the re awarding of the surveillance contracts to people who are not familiar with the terrain.”