Niger Deltans, taken for granted too long – IYC to oil companies

By Post Nigeria May 18, 2015 15:38

Niger Deltans, taken for granted too long – IYC to oil companies

The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has applauded President Goodluck Jonathan for approving the relocation of the fabrication of Egina Floating Production Storage and Offloading, FPSO, vessel to Agge in Bayelsa.

President Jonathan, earlier this month, ordered for the relocation of the $500 million project, which had earlier been slated for the LADOL fabrication yard in Lagos.

The directive also instructed industry operators to move oil and gas cargoes to only ports in Warri, Calabar and Onne, nearer to the Niger Delta where the projects are to be sited.

The IYC, in a statement issued in Yenagoa on Sunday by its spokesperson, Eric Omare, said the directive made economic sense and was in tandem with the Nigerian Content Act, 2010.

“The IYC and indeed the Niger Delta people back the directive of President Jonathan to move the fabrication of oil and gas materials to the Niger Delta where the eventual job is to be done.

“This is not only in line with the requirement of the local content law but is also makes so much economic sense.

“It is common knowledge that Lagos is highly congested and there is need to move some class of cargoes especially oil and gas materials to ports within the Niger Delta region where the oil facilities are located.

“We consider the opposition to the Presidential directive and the attendant media propaganda as an insult on Niger Delta people,” Omare stated.

Omare argued that oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region have their head offices in Lagos to the detriment of the Niger Delta economy, despite existing laws that stipulate that they should be domiciled in the Niger Delta.

He said that henceforth, Niger Delta residents would take steps to ensure that any oil company without its headquarters in the Niger Delta region would not be allowed to operate in the region.

The IYC condemned an ex-parte order of the Federal High Court asking that the relocation be suspended.