๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—”๐—ž๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐Ÿฐ๐—ง๐—› ๐— ๐—ข๐—•๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—˜ ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—”๐— ๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—๐—”๐—ช ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ง๐—› ๐—–๐—ข๐—จ๐—ก๐—–๐—œ๐—Ÿ (๐—œ๐—ฌ๐—–) ๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—ข๐—™๐—™๐—ข๐—œ๐—ก-๐—”๐— ๐—” ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—•๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐— ๐—” ๐—–๐—ข๐— ๐— ๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—ง๐—œ๐—˜๐—ฆ

๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—”๐—ž๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐Ÿฐ๐—ง๐—› ๐— ๐—ข๐—•๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—˜ ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—”๐— ๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—๐—”๐—ช ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ง๐—› ๐—–๐—ข๐—จ๐—ก๐—–๐—œ๐—Ÿ (๐—œ๐—ฌ๐—–) ๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—ข๐—™๐—™๐—ข๐—œ๐—ก-๐—”๐— ๐—” ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—•๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐— ๐—” ๐—–๐—ข๐— ๐— ๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—ง๐—œ๐—˜๐—ฆ

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The Speaker of Ijaw Youth Council 4th Mobile Parliament who also double as the Personal Assistant to the Honorable Minister for State Petroleum Chief Timipiri Sylva ๐—ฅ๐˜. ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ป. ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฟ. ๐——๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ผ๐˜†๐—ผ yesterday the 28th of August visited the host communities of OML25 particularly ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป-๐—”๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ on a Fact Finding Mission.

On arrival the speaker was received by chiefs, elders, women and youths of the host communities. He was later taken round the two communities by the President of the National Youth Council Of Nigerian (NYCN) ๐—”๐—บ๐—ฏ. ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ผ to see for himself how degraded and neglected communities hosting a multinational oil firm which drills oil and gas worth billions of naira from the same territory.

The speaker while addressing the communities categorically stated that ordinarily ๐—œ๐—ฌ๐—– would have been the body shutting down the oil facility. He lauded the communities for their peaceful disposition towards the pursuit of their agitation. He stated however that the ๐—œ๐—ฌ๐—– is fully in support of the shut down haven seen for himself the level of underdevelopment.

The speaker frowned at the poor state of learning, absence of medical facilities, electricity, access road and lack of portable water which are basic to the life of inhabitants of any environment. He stated that the body will take all necessary action to that effect. One of which is issue a communique and make out plans and time were the traditional rulers, chiefs and stakeholders of the host communities will have a round table discussion with the ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜‚๐—บ where they will lay their plight and agitation before the minister.

The Amayanabo of Offoin-Ama ๐—›๐—ฅ๐—› ๐—ž๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ผ ๐—”๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ผ in his response thanked the National Body of the IYC on their visit to Offoin-Ama on a Fact Finding Mission. The Amayanabo while speaking stated that the community can no longer allow Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to operate in their community haven failed to carry out any meaningful project in the community.
He however used the medium to call on the divestment of the platform to an indigenous oil firm particularly
๐—•๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—น ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—Ÿ๐˜๐—ฑ.

๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ณ ๐—ข๐—ธ๐—ผ๐˜†๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ, who spoke on behalf of ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† lamented their displeasure against the operation of SPDC, that despite operating in the host community for over 40years there was nothing to show regarding infrastructural development. As a result of the failure of SPDC to carry out its corporate social responsibilities the community deems it fit as part of its right of first refusal to stop the operation of SPDC.
The Chief also demanded that the operational license of OML 25 be withdrawn from SPDC and given to an indigenous company which is Belemaoil, owned and managed by ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฟ. ๐—๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ-๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—๐—ป๐—ฟ. for there to be a replication of what he is already doing in his operation in Kula and Idama communities were they correctly operate.

The President of National Youth Council of Nigeria ๐—”๐—บ๐—ฏ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ผ in his speech, appreciated the Speaker of ๐—œ๐—ฌ๐—– Parliament for finding time to come down with his team to see things for themselves. He said it’s no story that Offoin-Ama and Belema communities has suffered over the years despite the presence of Shell. He also sized the opportunity in appealing with the Speaker of ๐—œ๐—ฌ๐—– to ensure that the
๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜.

The visit was concluded with a visit to the Palace of the Amayanabo of Kula Kingdom ๐—›๐—ฅ๐— . ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ž๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐—˜๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐—ถ, the speaker and his entourage were received by the Prince of kula Kingdom, ๐—๐—˜๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐—œ ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ž๐—œ.

Comr Kelvin Briggs

S A ON MEDIA TO THE PRESIDENT NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF NIGERIA.

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