Bayelsa Community Issues Seven-Day Ultimatum To Shell

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Bayelsa Community Issues Seven-Day Ultimatum To Shell

Bayelsa Community Issues Seven-Day Ultimatum To Shell.

The protesting Egbemo-Angalabiri community, which is home to Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, in Bayelsa State’s Ekeremor Local Government Area, has given SPDC a seven-day ultimatum to comply with their demands, failing which the two flow stations in Egbemo-Angalabiri Domain will be shut down.

Community members, including women and kids, attacked SPDC’s Specialty Drilling Rig BR 301, a big oil drilling rig, on Monday this week, and have continued to occupy the facility because of the company’s inability to meet their requests.

According to Comrade Alex Benikama, who spoke to Newsmen on Friday about the newest development, the Bayelsa State administration called a meeting to discuss the protest, but it was a stalemate.

He said: “The Bayelsa State government, Wednesday this week, called a meeting between the community and SPDC in Yenagoa, the state capital, to settle the issue.

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“We attended the meeting, paramount rulers, chiefs, community chairmen and opinion leaders and representatives of SPDC attended the meeting and we presented our grievances and demands.

“We gave our seven-point demands from SPDC, we ask for employment of our people in SPDC, a review of a particular contract, we demanded that every benefit due our community must come to the community but SPDC responded that our demands are not feasible.

“Then, we said the protest and occupation on their facility will continue and we gave them seven days to comply, failure to which we will shut down the two flow stations in our domain, Tunu and Opukushi flow stations, which belong to SPDC.

“In fact, the meeting was not fruitful and the state government rescheduled it and promised to get back to us as soon as possible”.

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