Dishing what sounded like the final warning, the Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, has urged multinational oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region, which declined to relocate their operational headquarters to the area notwithstanding several directives from the Federal Government, to vacate the oil-rich region.
Giving this directive recently in Warri Delta state via statement is the groups’ National President, Comr. Austin Ozobo.
According to the statement, the group stated that attention has been drawn to the gross failure of oil multinational companies operating in Niger Delta to return their operational headquarters to the region despite several directives from the Federal government of Nigeria.
Going forward, Ozobo stated thus; “It is our warning that oil multinational companies refusing to relocate their operational headquarters to the Niger Delta should quit or vacate the region. It is provocative and absurd for oil companies operating in the region to undermine the clarion calls of stakeholders to relocate back to the region.”
IPDI further stressed that; “It has become imperative to note that our environment is being polluted and degraded daily. Our ecology system has been damaged. We inhale hydrocarbon particles and emissions emanating from gas flaring, uncompleted combustion, and other oil activities, but no justice is done to ameliorate it.”
Against this backdrop, the right group foamed that peace will elude Nigeria except Niger Delta is given her due place in the country while adding that it has equally become appalling that the Muhammadu Buhari government cannot enforce compliance of its directive given to oil multinational companies to relocate their operational headquarters to Niger Delta region, the group said.
Using an example to illustrate their position, IPDI pointed out that it is now worthy of note that Buhari government has become a puppet in the hands of oil multinational companies operating in the country.
This, the group further lamented that the current government of the country lacks the political will to proffer sanctions on defaulting oil companies in the country.
Ozobo expressed sadness that Nigeria is governed by oil companies which he described as antithetical to the world view; a development that has made difficult if not impossible for these multinationals to do the right thing.