BY OBED OLUKU…..
News reaching the desk of Coastal Times News reveals that ,Women from Obotobo 1 & 2 communities in Ogulagha kingdom, Buturu LGA of Delta State has taken up a heavy protest to SPDC to shutdown their operations over the Destruction of their fishing materials by SPDC security patrol vessels.
It will be recalled that on November 2019, the Delta State Government sends a powerful delegation, headed by the Delta State commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emman Ambgaduba among other political leaders from the area and the state to visit Obotobo communities with a view to ascertain what was really going on between fishermen, women, soldiers and SPDC, but reactions from the people revealed that members of the communities are going through hell as they can’t go to fish anymore owing to the military gunboats hired by SPDC.
When contacted on phone, the Obotobo1 Community Chairman elect, Mr Victor Maika, expressed displeasure over the nonchalant attitude on the part of SPDC over the issue “
“Since last year, this issue has been on SPDC and the Government has been the taking the fishermen and Women granted.
As I speak to you now , the women from Obotobo 1&2 Communities have taken over the premise of SPDC, they have block the entrance gate to shell petroleum Development Company- SPDC. The protesting women demanded for the payment of all their damaged fishing equipments else, has promised to shutdown all SPDC operation”
“The Commissioner for oil and gas came to appeal with them that he will take up the matter to the Governor and ask shell to pay for the damaged properties, since then till now , we haven’t heard from Neither SPDC nor the commissioner, one of the women narrated”
women noted that they have no other choice than to take such action since their simplicity has been taken for granted for too long by both SPDC and the Delta State Government.
They particularly accused Prince Emman Ambgaduba, commissioner for Oil and Gas, Delta State of not showing concern in resolving the issue, stressing that they have tried to put series of calls to him but all to no avail.