The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has grossly frowned at the perceived oppression of the Indigenes of host communities by the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC.
The National Spokesman of the IYC, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, in a press briefing held in Yenagoa, on Monday, 10th April 2023, highlighted the enormous contributions and sacrifices of the Ijaw Nation while registering his displeasure over the alleged ongoing deliberate deprivation against the Indigenes of the host communities in the Ijaw Nation.
Comrade Ekerefe stated that the struggles of the Ijaw Nation gave rise to the existing Local Content Act and Petroleum Industry Act which constitute laws to regulate the inclusion of indigenes from various host communities in crude oil exploration.IYC Commends the Peaceful Conduct of Elections in Bayelsa
The National Spokesman of IYC further said that the oil multinationals, with the SPDC and Agip Oil Company inclusive, have rendered indigenes of host communities with little or no benefits from their exploration activities.
He also expressed with utmost dismay the alleged actions of the SPDC in shortchanging the indigenous contractors by planning to give contracts to non-indigenous contractors.
Comrade Ekerefe furthermore, said that it is revealed that the Security Strategist and Plans Manager of the SPDC, Greensmith Benjamin, Gilda Chime and Dikki Omuku have allegedly been identified to be involved in actions that may jeopardize the peace between the oil multinationals and the host communities.
The National Spokesman of IYC Worldwide, however, called on SPDC to stop the perceived deliberate deprivation and oppression of the indigenes of host communities.
He also stated that IYC Worldwide will put on hold activities of the SPDC if the concerns of the Ijaw Nation are left unaddressed.
Comrade Ekerefe further called on the Nigerian Content, Monitoring and Development Board as well as the federal government and relevant security agencies to call the SPDC to order over the alleged violation of the local content policy.