Angry host community shuts Shell’s oil field

Posted by News Express | 21 July 2015 | 3,203 times

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Koroama community, host to Shell’s Gbarain-Ubie Integrated Gas Plant, has shut down operations at the gas field and are currently embarking on a protest to demand power supply from the power plant component of the facility.

Hundreds of youths, women, and elders of the community had blocked the access road to the facility and suspended ongoing work at the gas plant located in the community.

The Paramount Ruler of Koroama in Yenagoa, Local Government Area in Bayelsa, Chief Sabu Martins, who addressed the aggrieved members of his community urged them to remain resolute until their aims were achieved.

He said that the oil and gas endowed community suffered the adverse impact of gas flares and deserved s supply of electricity generated with gas from the area to ameliorate their sufferings.

He noted that that the protest had been ongoing for the past three weeks and resulted to forcing contractors to vacate the community until the oil firm gives a commitment to provide electricity to them.

“Today I and my people, we are protesting to SPDC and to the federal government as well Koroama is a host community and has the largest proven gas and oil reserve in the entire Shell operations in this area.

“We have agreed that we could die here if light, the only demand we have is not given to us, then Shell will never operate on our land, we have given them time to remove their things, we want government to intervene,” the monarch said

Source: News Express

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