Youths from Orogho, an oil producing community in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State, have vowed to resist any attempt by Seplat Petroleum Development Company Limited to continue pumping crude oil produced from the community to Okpororo in Delta State.
The youths, who staged a peaceful protest at the Edo State House of Assembly, in Benin, against the operations of Seplat Petroleum and Newcross Petroleum Limited, expressed dissatisfaction with the operations of the companies, insisting that their operations and attitude smack of deceit and infidelity to the community.
A protest letter by Charles Eghaghe (Chairman) and Osasogie Omoruyi (Secretary), for Orogho Community Development Association, which was handled to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Uyi Igbe and copied to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, accused both companies of lacking transparency, honesty and sincerity.
They accused the oil exploitation companies of trying to weaken the productive base and capacity of Edo State in favour of neigbouring Delta State.
“We can no longer tolerate the fraudulent manipulations to cede oil wells to Delta State. Well 4 is clearly in Orogholand and by extension, Edo State. Evidence produced through joint efforts by Edo and Delta States Surveyor-Generals, speaks volume of this fact,” the youths said.
They also demanded the appointment of one of their own as Community Liaison Officer to act as intermediary between the companies and the community, adding that the companies should wake up to their corporate social responsibilities to the community.
The youths appealed to Governor Oshiomhole and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly to intervene to avert restiveness, rancour and possible breach of the peace in the area.
Receiving the protesting youths, the Speaker commended them for their orderly manner and behaviour, promising that the House Committee on Oil and Gas had been mandated to look into their petition.