…Condemns Killing in Amabulou Community
The Bayelsa State Government has accused multinational oil companies especially Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of initiating deliberate policies and programmes to short change oil bearing communities.
This is just as the government condemned in strong terms the recent criminal attack on Amabulou Community over community leadership elections that led to the death of one Mr Omolojo Etolor.
The state Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, handed down the condemnation at a meeting with some concerned members of the Amabulou Community of Ekeremor Local Government Area in Government House, Yenagoa.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, noted that the cluster board programme being run by Shell was causing more harm than good to the people and state governments in the Niger Delta.
He pointed out that the primary duty of every government is to protect lives and property, and therefore, the present administration would not hesitate to address any issue or situation threatening peace and security in the state.
The Deputy Governor said SPDC and other oil companies have never shown genuine interest in the development of the Niger Delta, rather they design policies and programmes that cause disaffection amongst the people.
According to him, the state government is worried by the insecurity problem associated with SPDC’s cluster boards in most communities and will soon take measures to address it in a comprehensive manner.
His words,”Shell has not been fair in their dealings with the people of the Niger Delta. Whether you look at it from the economic, social and development points of view, you will find out that they (oil companies) have failed in their responsibility.
“It has always been a tale of woes with Shell. Look at what they are doing to our people with their cluster board programme, causing problems in our communities. So the State Executive Council is worried.
“If Shell was responsible and responsive enough in discharging their duties, we will not have some of the military men permanently in our creeks. They always design programmes that will serve their ends to our own detriment.
“As a government, we are seriously looking at this issue at the State Executive Council meetings. But I won’t be able to tell you today, the prescription the state government has up its sleeves for this reckless show of irresponsibility.”
Commenting on the Amabulou incident, the Deputy Governor assured that government would leave no stone unturned in its determination to bring to justice all those who played a role in the killing of Mr Etolor.
While consoling the Etolor family, Senator Ewhrudjakpo restated the present administration’s zero tolerance
stance on criminality and warned youths not to allow anybody deceive them with any assurance of invincibility to commit crimes.
In their contributions, the law maker representing Ekeremor Constituency Two, Mr Wilson Ayaokpo and the Chairman of Ekeremor Local Government Area, Hon. Perekeme Bertola, attributed the threat to peace in Amabulou and other communities in the area to tussle for membership of the SPDC cluster boards.
Also speaking, a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Chief Fedude Zimughan, the Regent of Oporomor Kingdom, Chief Meeting Tamaraumiefa and Mr Bishop Jumbo, appealed to the government to investigate and address the remote and immediate causes of the Amabulou saga.
Others who made submissions at the meeting included the Governor’s Special Representative in Ekeremor, Mr Ben Iyeirorokumo, the Amananaowei of Amabulou Community, Chief Orome Ebifuobo and the Deputy Leader of Ekeremor Legislative Council, Mr Pimor Gayeibo.