Abia oil producing communities decry neglect by NDDC

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Ukwa people of Abia State, under the aegis of Asa Development Union (ADU), have warned the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and oil exploring companies in the area against pushing them to resort to violence over the continued neglect of their communities by sidetracking them in the scheme of things, THISDAY reports.

Conducting journalists round the various sites where projects were started but abandoned by NDDC over 10 years ago in many communities in Ukwa West Local Government Area, the President General of Asa Development Union, Dr. Onwubiko Dike, insisted that since the discovery of crude oil in Owaza in Asa in 1958, the people have not enjoyed any landmark project to atone for the long years of degradation of their environment.

He regretted that despite the efforts made by his people to enter into dialogue with the NDDC aimed at ensuring the completion of the projects, the commission had continued to rebuff any parley that would make contractors handling the projects in Asa land to return to sites.

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