For several hours yesterday, operational activities at the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC), a subsidiary of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in Ekpan, Delta State, were paralyzed as angry youths protested against alleged relocation of the company.
The protesters, comprising Ijaw, Itsekiri, Urhobo, Isoko and Ndokwa youths barricaded the entrance to the firm, vowing to resist the planned relocation.
But for the timely intervention of the Delta State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Freeman Freghene, who rushed to the NGC premises to appeal to the youths to remain calm, the situation would have gotten out of hand, despite the presence of soldiers and policemen.
The commissioner promised to hold a meeting with the NGC management with a view to resolving the issue.
Source: The Guardian