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Ndokwa youths flay Delta govt over ban on protests against oil coy
By Barth Ozah
THE Ndokwa National Youth Movement (NNYM) worldwide has flayed the Delta State Government for placing a ban on any form of protest by youths and communities to any oil company operating in the state.
The youth group in a press release by its national secretary, Comrade Idi Presley Ifeanyichukwu, said the ban which was announced by the Delta State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emma Amgbaduba following the gruesome killings of two law abiding youths of Ndokwa Nation, working as security guards on the premises of Mid Western Oil and Gas by unknown assailants recently was unfortunate.
The youth group stated that contrary to what is being speculated, on the date the sad event occurred there was no recorded protests, as such the deaths should not be linked to any protest.
“The ban on any protest to the oil companies operating in the state by the government has further opened our eyes to some of the dangers our people who are mostly considered for lowly position like security guards and cleaners face while working with these multinational companies, the lowest ranked foreigner will not be exposed to any situation deemed harmful but the lives of our people are treated without values.
“Reading through the poorly crafted statement by the commissioner, our mouth was left with a sour taste, it was bewildering to say the least that instead of the state government coming hard on the company on their porous security which led to the death of two Ndokwa youths in their prime, it has instead twisted the narratives, and this has left us feeling very sad.
The Ndokwa youths noted that as a responsible government, what was expected of the Okowa administration was to focus on unraveling the circumstances surrounding the death of our youths and not to issue any ban on legitimate protests saying, “if indeed this same incident occurred in any other ethnic nationality, will the state government treat same experience with kids gloves?”
The youths noted that it was amazing to see that the state government was more concerned about the loss the shutdown of the company is costing the government, than the pains and trauma the family of these young men are currently experiencing.
According them, the Ndokwa Nation has always given 100 percent support to this government so we find it preposterous that every time issues affecting our people are brought to the fore, the response from the state government is always disheartening, we are calm but that doesn’t make us cowards.