ONELGA:  Obosi Youths End Protest, Vacate Agip Facility

The people of Obosi Community in Ogba/ Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Area on Saturday ended its five weeks blockade at the Nigerian Agip Oil Company OB/OB gas plant in Omoku over alleged non-implementation of MOU agreement with host communities.

The paramount ruler of Obosi Community, His Royal Highness, Dr.Friday Ekoji Okoro, who disclosed this to newsmen in Omoku explained that the people of the community had suffered for more than 40 years of oil exploration.

The royal father said ending the blockade was made possible following the intervention of the Senior Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang who mandated Agip to implement MOU with twenty four Omoku communities.

Eze Okoro thanked the Presidency for the quick intervention and security agencies for their professionalism in handling the protest.

“After peaceful demand to them (Agip), we decided to launch blockade that lasted for a month and 8 days before federal government intervention. Senator Enang called us to lift the blockade since the top Agip management had met him in Abuja and they agreed to implement the agreement this week”, he said.

Earlier, leader of the protesters, Pureheart Ekeukwu said, “We demand the Federal Government of Nigeria to set up panel of inquiry to investigate why Agip has not complied to the directive of the federal government on 27th February 2020, mandating Agip to transact with 24 communities of Omoku in MOU. Federal government gave Agip 30 days to engage the communities”.

Ekeukwu maintained that the people of the area decided to continue with the occupation of the NAOC facility until their requests were met.

As a result of this development, members of the Obosi community who could not hide their excitement, erupted into wide jubilation, singing and dancing in the process.

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