exxonmobilThe paramount ruler of Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom. Chief Effiong Archianga, on Wednesday called on youths of the area to embrace peace.

Archianga, who represented the four paramount rulers of the core oil community made the call in his Palace in Ibeno.

He urged the youths to call off the eight-day protest embarked upon by the community over the non-payment of the 2012 oil spill compensation.

“The affected local government areas, youths and other stakeholders should continue to maintain peace in our respective domains by giving the Akwa Ibom Government a chance to resolve the matter once and for all.”

He warned youths in the area to desist from further blocking the operations of Mobil Producing Nigeria and their subsidiaries.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Akwa Ibom Government, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has intervened in the protest. NAN Correspondent observed that the protesting youths are no more in the streets of Eket and Ibeno Local Government Area.

Meanwhile, the communities have given ExxonMobil another 14 days ultimatum to settle their grievances or face a prolonged protest.

Also speaking, Mr Isiah Abia, the Secretary, Oil Spill Compensation Committee in Eket, said that the protest had to be called off due to the state government’s intervention. “Stakeholders of the affected communities have to respect the wishes of the state government by calling off the protest,” he said.

Also reacting, Mr Akaninyene Esiere, the Manager, Public/Government Affairs of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) at the Qua Iboe Terminal in Ibeno, acknowledged that the protest had been called off.

NAN reports that stakeholders, youths and the state government would meet on Nov. 2, to find a lasting peace over grievances generated by the non-payment of the oil spill compensation.


Information from This Day was used in this report.