By Binebai Princewill
The apex youth body of Ogulagha Kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State have tackled their neighbouring youths in Iduwini Kingdom over claims of listing oil facilities belonging to Ogulagha Kingdom as theirs.
The Ogulagha Kingdom Youth Council otherwise known as OKYC while commending the Iduwini youths for lending their voice on the ongoing Marginal Oil Fields bidding and other underdevelopmental issues by the federal Government and oil bearing communities in the Niger Delta region had also expressed worry on why the Iduwini youths should be listing Ogulagha Kingdom facilities as their own.
OKYC expressed their displeasure via a statement personally signed by the President General of Ogulagha Kingdom Youth Council, Hon. Justice Timiadi Akuna, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper earlier today warned that such misrepresentation of facts could lead to misunderstanding between the two kingdoms.
In his words: “Therefore, we condemn in totality the false claim to our facilities vis-a-vis Britina U Ajapa field, Crude Loading Platform CLP, Beniboye Oil Field, Forcados Effluent Water Disposal line, Agip Drilled and Cocked Wells, Trans Forcados Pipeline and others who’s claims are bent on misinforming the gullible public that are not well abraised with the true situation of things within our environment.”.
The statement reads in full below:
OGULAGHA KINGDOM YOUTH COUNCIL CAUTIONS IDUWINI KINGDOM YOUTHS LEADERSHIP FORUM, BERATES ODIMODI YOUTH PRESIDENT OVER FALSE CLAIM ON OIL FACILITIES BELOGING TO OGULAGHA KINGDOM
The attention of the OKYC leadership has been drawn to a purported and malicious publication by the Iduwini Youth Council in an online publication dated 17 August, 2020 claiming ownership of oil facilities belonging to Ogulagha Kingdom that they do not have an iota of link to which is targeted at misinforming the public.
According to Friedrick Neizsche: “All truth that are kept silence becomes poisonous.”
Therefore, we condemn in totality the false claim to our facilities vis-a-vis Britina U Ajapa field, Crude Loading Platform CLP, Beniboye Oil Field, Forcados Effluent Water Disposal line, Agip Drilled and Cocked Wells, Trans Forcados Pipeline and others who’s claims are bent on misinforming the gullible public that are not well abraised with the true situation of things within our environment.
The national leadership of OKYC headed by Hon. Justice Timiadi Akuna enjoined the Iduwini Youth Council and President of Odimodi Federated Community to stop forthwith such act and misleading informations that are capable of plunging the neighbouring communities into misunderstanding that are uncalled-for.
In as much as we are not against the good intentions of charging the federal government to listing and dialogue with the oil producing kingdoms in respect to the recent outburst of our kingdom and sister kingdoms in owning our place in the scheme of things in our Nigeria state that would be commensurate with our contributions to our nations covers, its pertinent we set the records straight and correct the anomalies and false claim peddling on the online social media outfits.
We are also using this medium to lend our voice to the protest recently registered by the Ogulagha Traditional Council of Chiefs In an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, dated July 24, 2020, signed by our respected High Chief Igere Williams and 12 others that despite being one of the highest producers of crude oil in Nigeria, the Ogulagha Kingdom that’s made up of 30 major oil producing communities and several satellite villages under the rulership of His Royal Majesty, King Joseph I. Timiyan (JP), had remained neglected and unattended to by the Federal government which is an eyesore and deliberate act by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to perpetually undermine and neglect the Oil rich Ogulagha Kingdom from benefiting in any way from developmental projects from the Federal Government despite her huge contributions to the growth of Nigeria’s economy through our oil proceeds .
Reemphasising the leaders delibrate sidelining of Ogulagha indigenes in the 2020 proposed sale of marginal fields by Department of Petroleum Resources and demanding that her indigenes, who are investors, must be given the right of first refusal in the bidding process, while making it clear that nothing on earth would make us concede any marginal field to non-indigenes except the Nigerian state is not ready to further enjoy the Oil proceeds accruing from the Ogulagha Kingdom.
Let it also be on record that ‘’It is totally wrong and condemnable to refer to the Export Processing Zone (Gas Revolution Industrial Park) as Ogidigben Gas Revolution Industrial Park, noting that the proposed 27,000 hectares of land, which is part of the export processing zone is in Ogulagha Kingdom, and should be rightly called Niger Delta Gas Revolution Industrial Park. Hence, we shall resist any deliberate attempt to shortchange Ogulagha Kingdom in the process and execution of the gas project.
Our demand requesting for an immediate execution of shore protection at Ogulagha, Obuguru, Obotobo, Osain and Abarabe communities, whose lands are being washed away by high and heavy ocean waves; siting of a federal university, polytechnic, federal medical centre/ Hospital, the construction of roads and drainages across the communities, dredging and reclamation of Stuart Creeks and a bridge to connect Ogulagha Kingdom to the oil city of Warri are still major to us as we have been the hen that lays the golden egg for over 60years sustaining the Nigerian State with our God giving wealth but yet nothing to show for due to governments insensitivity towards our plights.
It is our sincere appeal to Mr President Muhammadu Buhari and the Delta State Governor Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to immediately consider indigenes of Ogulagha Kingdom for appointment into State, federal boards and parastatals such as NDDC, NIMASA, NNPC, DPR Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) and Federal Universities to give us a sense of belonging in the scheme of things.