Fresh trouble seems to be brewing in the Niger Delta as Youths and Cultural organisations in the region have threatned to stop the proposed gas pipeline from the area to Northern Nigeria.
The Gbaramatu Traditional Council of chiefs, and the Movement for the Development of Itsekiri Oil and Gas Producing Communities (MDOGP), in Warri South West Local Government Area threatened to stop the proposed $2.8bn Gas Pipeline from the Niger Delta through Ajaokuta to Kano.
The groups said they would shut down the project if the Federal Government refuses to restart the $16bn export processing zone EPZ (Gas Revolution Industrial Park) in the Niger Delta.
The groups also threatned to shut down oil platforms belonging to multinational corporations in the region during a joint press conference at Uvwie local government area.
The groups accused the Federal Government of abandoning the EPZ and piping gas from the region to the north.
They said the action not only marginalised the people of the Niger Delta, it made them suffer from environment hazards from years of exploration by multinationals in the area.
Issuing a communique at the end of their meeting, they said;
“We will stop the Government. NGC should light up our communities in Itsekiri and Gbaramatu Kingdom. We cannot be living in darkness. If we cannot have light in our communities, nobody should enjoy light in this country. You cannot take gas from EPZ to AKK.”
While warning the Federal Government not to take their threats lightly, the Niger Delta groups made the following demands.