Posted by News Express | 1 December 2019 | 594 times
Youths in Ore community in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Friday caused serious gridlock on Ore/Benin and Ore/Akure roads while protesting against their exclusion in oil pipeline reticulation project in the community.
The protesters stormed the sites of the project and prevented the continuation of work.
The inscriptions on the placards carried by the protesters include: “EFCC Should Probe this Project”, “This Injustice Done to Shimat Must Stop,” “Zhakhem, Pay Us our Money,” among others.
Matthew Akinsola, the Youth Leader of Odigbo kingdom, told newsmen that they were not carried along in the execution of the project, noting that usually, there was a certain percentage of the contract meant to be given to youths.
He said: “In any contract, there are some benefits meant for the youths and the community, but Zhakhem and Bradama companies are treating us as cowards.
“There is a percentage they should give us and even besides, we are supposed to be part of the workforce. They have not employed any youth here and they came with all their workers and working on our land.”
Akinsola disclosed that when Shimat company was handling the reticulation project, many indigenes of the community were employed and the community benefitted.
He, however, called on President Muhammad Buhari to intervene in the process.
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