Four communities in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have threatened to shutdown the Kolo-Creek Gas flow station operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
The Otuasega, Elebele, Oruma and Imiringi communities have stated their plan to shutdown the flow station located along the Otuasega-Imiringi road, as a result of the failure of Shell to provide power to them after ten years of operating in the area.
Addressing newsmen in Elebele Community, King Pere Wapaebiama Amakiri, the paramount ruler of Oruma, and King David Osene-Osene, his counterpart from Elebele Community, described the situation as unfortunate, sad and worrisome.
King Pere Amakiri, said all electrical works connecting the four communities has since been completed and has been awaiting Shell to do the needful.
He noted that the Kolo Creek cluster board has met with officials of the company on several occasions with some of the meetings involving the Bayelsa State government, all to no avail.
On his part, David Osene- Osene stated that despite their peaceful approach, the multinational company has failed to listen to the plights of the people.
The monarch revealed that Shell had promised to power the communities within two years, after laying pipes from Kolo Creek to Soku, but two years after the pipeline project was completed, the people are still living in total darkness.
He lamented that the absence of electricity in the area has negatively affected socio-economic life of the people, which in turn has brought untold hardship to them.
King Osene-Osene vowed that at the expiration of the fourteen days ultimatum given to Shell, they would shutdown the facility and move on with their lives.