Sales Of 11 Oil Mining Licences: N/Delta Youths May Shut Down Abuja Tuesday In Protest

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The Nigerian Federal Government faces a major showdown over the sale of 11 Oil Mining Licences in the Niger Delta as youths from the area are set for a daylong protest, alleging that the government had erred in its choice of beneficiaries.

The youths are threatening to shut down Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory in a protest match against what they described as  unfair deals in the handling of the sales of all the Oil Mining Licenses in the ND region by the Federal Government.

The protesters according to sources would stage a protest march at the Three Arm Zone housing the National Assembly against the alleged perceived gross violation of their fundamental right of first refusal in the sales of OMLs.

The youths had at their meeting in Escravos, Warri South-West Council Area of Delta State early in the month warned government of devastating consequences if their right of first refusal to rightful ownership stakes in Upstream Oil & Gas assets been violated is not urgently redressed.

The youth leaders which include Chief Ayirim Emami, Chief Boro Opudu, Chief Jaro Egbo, Mr. Michael Diden and Mr. Henry Baro noted that they cannot stand the situation whereby all oil assets in their communities were sold to non-indigenes of the region in violation of their right any longer.

They had insisted during the Escravos meeting that all the eleven (11) OMLs already awarded by the Federal Government in the Niger Delta be canceled and opportunity of first refusal given to qualified indigenes  indigenes of local communities to buy into them and that the Anglo-Dutch oil firm, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

-FN