Communities shut down Agip facilities over alleged neglect

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Youths numbering over 2,000 from five communities in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, shut a Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) oil well over alleged neglect of the communities, Independent reports.

The five communities include Akala-Olu, Ukpeliede Enito II, Emeji II in Ogbobi clan and Oshie communities of Engenni clan. The youths of the five communities expressed regret that NAOC abandoned the General Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) it had with the communities.

The youths, who were enraged by the underdevelopment and lack of basic infrastructure such as pipe borne water, health and education facilities, and good road networks in the area shut down Oshie Oil Well 7 operated by NAOC.

Speaking during the peaceful protest, the youth President of Ukpeliede community, Comrade Obigili Freeman alleged that NAOC had not been sincere to the host communities, adding that agreements reached in the GMoU had not been implemented. When contacted on the issues raised by the protesting youth from the five communities, NAOC authorities however declined comments.