A social-political group, Movement for Development of Itesekiri Oil/Gas Producing Communities has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the outright marginalization of Itsekiri Nation in project execution, employment opportunities and in the recently announced 57 marginal field offer within fourteen days or expect total shut down of operations of international Oil and Gas Companies in our land.
The group made this known in a statement jointly signed by its chairman, secretary, and publicity secretary Mr. Isaac Botosan, Mr.Steven Atete, and Mr.Irone Maurice noting that “we are faced by marginalization on daily basis, by those in charge of managing affairs in the Oil and Gas Sector in this country. By this, we mean the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsidiaries such as NAPIMS and DPR.
The statement read, “The marginalization is also clearly evident in the way and manner your administration shockingly abandoned the Multi-Billion Dollar Gas Revolution Industrial Park Project and Deep Sea Port in Warri Southwest Local Government Area, Delta State. The project has the potential to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs as well as boost the economic diversification narrative, a supposed core philosophy of your administration.
We are also at a loss as to why the age-long Omadino – Escravos Road, expected to connect the Oil and Gas- rich Coastal Communities in Warri South and Warri South-West Local Government Areas, remain abandoned till date, despite exploitation of the huge natural resources from the area.
We reject the recently announced 57 Marginal Fields, offered by the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR. We can no longer continue to sit down and watch non-indigenes, being offered Oil Mining Licenses in our homeland, when we have capable Itsekiri Sons and Daughters, whose firms are qualified, but repeatedly denied such licenses by the sustained-structural bias of the DPR.
“We call on you to immediately halt the current process of bids for the 57 Marginal Fields and come up with new modalities, where competent companies owned by Itsekiri Sons and Daughters, would be given “right of first refusal: on fields in our homeland, before being thrown open to outsiders