Rivers Oil Producing Communities Allege Abandonment  | Independent Newspapers

P/Harcourt – Oil Producing communities in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State have alleged neglect of development in their area by the Federal Government and oil companies.

The host communities also tasked the Federal Government to produce a blueprint to develop the oil and gas rich area.

They further urged the Nigerian Agip Oil Company to site its proposed refinery in ONELGA, adding that such would douse anger of residents of the area.

Speaking to INDEPENDENT over the weekend in Omoku, Chief Nelson Ekperi, the Chairman, ONELGA Host Communities Stakeholders Forum (OHCAF), worried that despite their contribution to the economic life of the nation that they still lacked basic infrastructure like good roads and hospital.

Ekperi stated that money made from the area were used to develop others cities of the country, adding that no importance was being attached to ONELGA in terms of development and creation of jobs for youths.

“It is a known fact that ONELGA contributes more than 70 per cent of crude oil and gas that currently sustains the economy of the nation. The communities that produce oil and gas that is the source of the product that has made Bonny very important is ignored.

“Furthermore, whereas ONELGA produces 56.6 per cent of gas feedstock to the NLNG in Bonny, ONELGA has not benefited from the Federal Government apart from the Federal College that is declared as the worst Federal College of Education in Nigeria in terms of infrastructural projects.

“It is good to note that with these enormous contributions we have not received any benefit from the Federal Government. Even at that, our peaceful disposition has remained unwavering,” he said.

The communities worried that the only major road in the area had been in a deplorable condition for years and no attention had been given to it, regretting that agricultural produce from the area hardly get to markets to be sold.

“We request the Federal Government to produce a blueprint to develop ONELGA as a mega city. This should be made operational within one month from date of this press release. They should take it as a matter of necessity,” he said.

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