Members of Tuomo host community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, on Monday, protested and shut down oil and gas facilities of Nigeria Agip Oil Company alleging breach of General Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU).
The protesters which comprised men and women from the community stormed the facilities carrying placards in the early hours of the day chanting battle songs and calling on the management of NAOC to do the needful.
The indigenes also claimed that the oil firm failed to fulfil its agreement to provide necessities for the community.
The protesters had inscriptions such as “Tuomo community will not allow Agip to work until we get our light”, “We say no to Agip, enough is enough”, “Agip, provide our light, no light, no work,” “Bye-bye to Agip”, among others.
Leader of the protesters who doubles as Chairman of Tuomo community, Mr Tomke Binebai speaking with newsmen accused Agip of failure to fulfil its previous promises to the community since 2009.
He said, “Agip has been promising and deceiving us since their operation here in 2009. They promised to provide light for Tuomo as their host. If you go to their station, there’s a steady electricity supply but their host community is in total darkness”.
“Tuomo people have taken their decision against Agip and we’ll remain here until our demands are met”, he added.
“Enough of this insult and embarrassment. We’ve taken our decision and if they want to operate here, let them light up Tuomo, pay the surveillance chances, employ our youths and adhere to the GMoU”.
“It’s ridiculous to say that since inception, Agip has not employed a single youth in this community. They have been dribbling us. Now, we have decided to stay in our land which Agip is occupying”.
Management of the oil firm could however not be reached regarding the matter.