Niger Delta youths protest oil firms’ non-compliance with FG’s directive on relocation
Youths in the Niger Delta region, under the aegis of PAN the Youth Leadership Forum (PANDYLF), have protested the continued failure of the international oil companies to relocate their corporate headquarters to their areas of operation.
The protesting youths, who spoke with journalists at the weekend in Warri, averred that the action of the oil firms was in deviance of the Federal Government’s directives during the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo’s peace tour visit to the region.
The spokesman for the youths, Mr. Famous Daumenigha, expressed concern over the development which he described as unacceptable and demanded the immediate relocation of the corporate headquarters of the oil firms to the Niger Delta region.
He said that Nigeria’s constitution made a provision that oil companies should have their headquarters around the areas they are operating. He, therefore, called on leadership of the oil companies to adhere to the Federal Government’s directives.
Meanwhile, youth leaders in the Niger Delta region said they had concluded arrangement to hold a conference on the current agitation for the realisation of Biafra Republic and calls for restructuring with a view to coming up with a position.
In a statement signed by the Chairman of the Nigeria Young Professionals’ Forum, Mr. Moses Siasia, the leaders said that the gathering would hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The statement read in part: “Sixty carefully-selected young leaders will be meeting in Port Harcourt over the calls for the immediate restructuring of the country by prominent Nigerians and geo-political groups on the basis of a growing national consensus to redefine the connections that bind the country and the disturbing hate-comments from many groups.”