Coalition of Urhobo Youth Organizations, CUYO, yesterday, advised the federal government against surreptitious sale of refineries in the country, vowing to resist every attempt to deprive the Urhobo of anything less than a 51 percent share in the proposed sale of Warri Refinery.
Speaking after a meeting of the CUYO in Ughelli, spokesman of the group, Mr. Stephen Ohwokirerhuo, urged the federal government to take into cognizance the pre-emptive rights of the indigenous Urhobo people in the proposed sale of the Warri Refinery.
He said: “We, the Coalition of Urhobo Youth Organization, will resist every attempt to deprive the Urhobo of anything less than 51 percent stake or shares in the sale of the Warri Refinery. We know that Urhobo sons and daughters have what it takes to buy 51 percent shares in the proposed sale of Warri Refinery.
“The sale of Warri Refinery without pre-empting indigenous Urhobo people will be unlawful, null and void. It is the constitutional right of the Urhobo people as provided for in Section 7 of the Petroleum Act. Any fraudulent arrangement will be challenged with all legal means.”