By Steve Seigha, Warri
People of Niger Delta region of Nigeria have condemned their deprivation of participation in the operation of oil exploration by oil companies across the nine oil producing states. Lamenting that the region has nothing to fall back on, if oil finally dries up.
National Secretary to the famous Ijaw youths Council (IYC) Comrade Frank Pukon, disclosed in a statement made available to Daily Watch in Abuja said, ” Niger
Deltans are currently apprehensive for the fear that oil may dried up soon and expected tangible developmental interventions in the socioeconomic status of the region”
According to him, “The people complained that resources in their region are being managed mainly by people from other parts of the country, while, they who bear the brunt of degradation, arising from the oil and gas exploration activities receive less to nothing and are completely rendered spectators of the oil business proceedings.”
One of their agitations is strict adherence to section 10 cap1 of the Nigerian oil and gas industry content development act which stipulates that Nigerians shall be given the first consideration for employment and training as well as maintains a reasonable number of persons from areas of operations.
Deltans are currently apprehensive for the fear that oil may dried up soon and expected tangible developmental interventions in the socioeconomic status of the region.
Also, it was posited that for Niger Delta region of Nigeria to be void of youth restiveness,imbalance in community engagement in the oil and gas sector in the region should adequately addressed.