Posted by Grand News | 2 November 2018 | 882 times
Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company (SNEPCO)’s planned relocation of its Supply Base from Onne, Rivers State, to Lagos, is drawing the ire of Rivers youths who have vowed to resist the move.
They say they will stop any ship that tries to load the property of the company from sailing.
According to Thisday, the threat is coming on the heels of stiff opposition to the controversial relocation of the SNPECO Supply Base to Lagos by several groups including the Rivers State Youth Federation (RSYF), Onne Youths Council (OYC), Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), the Concerned Community Women of Rivers (COCOWOR), and the Rivers State Government.
Workers at the SNEPCO Supply Base in Onne, Paramnount Ruler of the Onne Community, King Dennis Osaronu as well as former Niger Delta warlord and the Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State, King Ateke Tom, have equally called on SNEPCO to shelve the planned relocation in the interest of peace in the Niger Delta region.
However, President of the Onne Youths Council (OYC), Philip Tenwa, in a statement, said no ship would be allowed to leave Onne with the property of SNEPCO because the relocation of the company will lead to the loss of more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in the community.
He also warned against surreptitious removal of the company’s property from Onne as this may be counterproductive.
He said SNEPCO recently directed that all its property and equipment including turbines, engine spares and miscellaneous equipment spares be loaded into containers and moved out of the Onne Port, where it had operated for more than 20 years, to another port in Lagos.
The OYC leader said apart from the small businesses and contractors whose businesses would be affected by SNEPCO’s relocation, moving the Supply Base out of Onne Free Zone will negatively affect the economy of Rivers State and the larger Niger Delta region.
“It will also put the means of livelihood of many families and the future of our children at risk as well as further swell the growing unemployment market in the Niger Delta region,” he said.
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