Youth groups in Niger Delta have threatened to shut down the operations of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company, NLNG, in their communities of the region, especially in Rivers State over the alleged location of its Drydock in Badagry, Lagos. The youths drawn from the six states of Niger Delta, while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said it was wrong for NLNG to abandon the region where it has its base to site a project that will provide jobs for youths of the region in Lagos.
Spokesman of the youths, Mr Simeon Wilcox, said the youths want the management of NLNG operating in Bonny, Rivers State to make public their position on the recent news of the location of its Drydock in Badagry, Lagos.
Wilcox accused the NLNG of failing to consider the people who bear the effect of pollution arising from flared gas, environmental degradation and huge vessel waves resulting in water mishap and fishermen losing their source of livelihood due to its operations in the Niger Delta.
He called on the Federal Government, the Rivers State Government and all security agencies to intervene in the matter in order to avert a situation where youths of the state will be left with no choice than to take to the streets in protest.
“Our grievance is predicated on the fact that NLNG decided against all odds to construct a Dry-dock worth $1.5 billion in the area outside its operational base and region. The decision is a clear case of insensitive and provocative corporate decision by NLNG following its failure to consider the colossal unemployment rate inherent in Niger Delta, Rivers State and more especially in Bonny Kingdom, where the livewire of the company is domiciled.”
Similarly, National secretary of Ijaw Youth Council, Bristol-Alagbariya Emmanuel, accused the company of carrying out feasibility study without the knowledge of the stakeholders from Rivers State and Niger Delta at large.