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Youths Shut Down Oil Company Operations in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Oron (Akwa Ibom) – Members of the Mbo Youths Development Association have forced oil workers out of the Stubb Creek Marginal Oil Field in Unyenge in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

The youths, who besieged the oil field in their hundreds, disrupted operations in the field, which is being operated by Universal Energy Resources Ltd.

The youths blocked the two roads leading to the oil field and turned back vehicles carrying the oil workers who were on their way to work.

Some contactors who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they would stay away from the site until the conflict between the Mbo communities and Universal Energy Resources was resolved.

Officials of the company were seen appealing to the youths to allow the issues at stake to be resolved amicably with the management of the firm.

It took a police team from the Mbo Division, led by Anietie Eyo, a Police Superintendant, to disperse the angry protesters.

The police later invited representatives of both sides to a meeting at the Area Command Headquarters in Oron.

Speaking with NAN, Mr Eteka Etim, Youth President of the Mbo youth association, explained that the communities were protesting the refusal of the oil firm operating in the area to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with them.

“We are here to block the company called Universal Energy because of their neglect to the people of Orukun, and entire Mbo.

“We don’t want them to continue with their work except they come down and sign the memorandum of understanding that every other community of Mbo will have equal share.

“And we want to know the position also in the sharing formula – how they arrange, Mbo local government is not only Unyenge community; the community of Mbo is comprising the five, which is Egwang, Ebuhu, Efiat and Udesi not Unyenge alone as their host.

“So we want them to make sure they come down and they sign the MoU before any operation forward, else the work should stop; that’s our position.”

The company in question looked deserted when NAN Correspondent visited the site.

However, reliable sources at the Oron Area Command of the Police in Akwa Ibom confirmed the disruption of operations at the oil field.

The source added that the Area Commander, Mr. Ene Okon, had ordered the arrest and detention of the youth leaders. (NAN)
Culled from Vanguard

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