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Niger Delta: Shell Asked To Get Away

Fresh trouble is in the offing for Shell Petroleum Development Company in the restive Niger Delta as owners of the land hosting its strategic platforms in Trans-Ramos River, Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, have asked the company to quit the area within seven days

Fresh trouble is in the offing for Shell Petroleum Development Company in the restive Niger Delta as owners of the land hosting its strategic platforms in Trans-Ramos River, Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, have asked the company to quit the area within seven days.

The order by the people of the oil-rich Gborou community, also affects Daewoo Nigeria Limited, one of the major oil servicing companies operating in the field locations of SPDC in the area.

The people of the area warned that SPDC and Daewoo would face unpleasant consequences at the end of the seven-day ultimatum.

Specifically, they vowed to disrupt the operations of the Dutch oil giant and Daewoo in the area unless their demands were met by the management of the two companies.

Our correspondent gathered that the people were protesting the non-payment of royalties on the land acquired for oil exploration to the rightful owners.

They accused SPDC of relating with wrong persons and groups on the matter.

Investigation by our correspondent showed that the anticipated showdown may truncate SPDC’s re-entry programme into the abandoned facilities in the area, as the rehabilitation work was at the stage of crossing the Trans-Ramos trunk line, which was heavily damaged in the heat of the Niger Delta crises in 2006.

The spokesman for the community, Mr. Afro Biukeme, in a statement in Warri on Sunday, warned the Shell management not to treat the ultimatum with levity, insisting that the oil firm must vacate the area at the end of the deadline.

As a way out, Biukeme said, “The only alternative to peaceful resolution was for the companies to immediately re-open negotiations with the land owners of the community, who had tolerated so much injustice and deprivation over the years.