Delta youths shut NNPC flow station
FOLLOWING the recent local government primaries of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Isoko South Local Government of Delta State, some youth groups have shut down the Olomoro flow station, one of the facilities on OML 26. It will be recalled that the primaries have been trailed by protests, violence and rejection of the results. The violence continued yesterday at Olomoro when youths belonging to a faction of the PDP took to the streets to protest the outcome of the councillorship primaries for Ward 6, which produced a candidate outside their faction. The Nation gathered that the situation worsened, as the angry youths stormed the flow station run by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), forcing it to shut down. An environmentalist, Barr. Okiroro Iki-Ebieroma, who described the development as the action of selfish politicians, said the attack on the flow station was a mere ploy by a section of the PDP to thwart the popular decision of the people. “The truth is that a group camp within the PDP felt that the result of the primary election did not favour its candidate. It was the group that instigated some youths of the town to attack and shut down the flow station. “The point here now is that we must not mix community agitations with individual ambition. This protest has nothing to do with the NPDC’s activities. Though the community has issues to thrash out with the company, but this protest is misguided and misplaced.” Meanwhile, a reliable source in the NPDC, who seeks to remain anonymous, confirmed to The Nation that the company had suspended its operations at the flow station following the development, saying the safety of the staff and facilities were the consideration. “The NPDC flow station at Olomoro was shut down this morning. A demonstration is going on in the community over the election of their leaders. So, for the safety of our staff and facilities, we decided to suspend our operations,” the source said.
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