Published On: July 13, 2020, 10:50 pm (3 months ago)
Author: Akpeko
The Ugborhen people of Okpe ethnic nationality have joined other ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta region threatening to shutdown oil and gas facilities in the region over alleged exclusion in then bidding process for the 57 vacant marginal fields by the Federal Government.

Their threat is coming barely 24 hours after Ijaws of Gbaramatu Kingdom and their Itsekiri neighbours gave similar threats to cripple oil and gas operations in their domains.

They alleged that the current bidding process is skewed to exclude Ugborhen people from participating in the ownership of the marginal fields domiciled in their communities.

President of MOVEMENT FOR ADVANCEMENT OF UGBORHEN DEVELOPMENT (MAUD)  Victory Omoefe , gave the warning on Monday 13th July 2020 during a press conference in warri Delta State.

He warned that nobody should take the peaceful disposition of the Ugborhen people for fear or cowardice, stressing that Ugborhen people of Okpe kingdom like other ethnic groups in the region have the capacity to cripple oil and gas facilities in the region.

 Victory Omoefe flanked by other prominent Ugborhen and Okpe citizens plead with President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow the relative peace which his administration has achieved in the region to be scuttled by enemies of Okpe and other ethnic groups in the oil-rich region.

They contended that the people of the Niger Delta especially the Ugborhen people must be given special consideration in the bidding process for the 57 marginal field as their people have not been given opportunity to own or operate oil and gas derived from their land. The group vowed to shutdown oil and gas activities in their areas in a week’s time, if the Federal Government refuses to heed to their cries for “fairness and justice”.

He warned that if the government does not heed their demands by reordering for a fresh process for the 57 marginal oil fields, such decision “will be met with an equally stiff resistance” from the Okpe Ugborhen people.

Omoefe emphasized that a new process will give competent Ugborhen men and women the opportunity to participate in oil and gas activities fairly, having “endured injustice, since the discovery of crude oil in their lands.

Omoefe stated, “MAUD is using this medium to repeat the call to President Muhammadu Buhari to call his officers in the oil and gas industry to order because they are the architects of this potentially combustive situation, which has the capacity to set the entire Niger Delta on fire again.

“Mr. President, the Minister for State for Petroleum Resources, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Director General of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), are at the verge of jeopardizing your sweat over the Niger Delta through this illegal back door ceding of the 57 marginal fields, excluding Ugborhen people from the process.

“If this unjust, inhuman and definitely satanic process of giving the 57 marginal fields out, with the exclusion of Ugborhen people is not terminated, the Ugborhen nation will take the definite action of shutting down all oil and gas operations going on withing her territories. This is not an empty threat but a clear national action plan, ready for execution. Enough is enough!”

We have the oil resources, we have the gas. We are going to shutdown everything. If they sweep our agitation under the carpet, they will hear from us,”


Posted: (3 months ago) at 13-07-2020 10:50 PM | Newbie