By Kingsley Braide
Protesting youths and women from Koluama communities and satellite camps in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have asked their deity to intervene in the dispute with Conoil.
This is coming as the protest which started on Monday with the shutting down of the company’s facilities entered the fourth day.
The indigenes have now invited their deity known as “KOLUAWERE, meaning a Goddess spirit, that is believed to be the guardian and protector of Koluama Kingdom.
While chanting, singing and pouring incantations, appealing to KOLUAWERE to help them, they vowed again not to vacate the facility until the management of Conoil relocates it’s properties from the kingdom.
The Youth President of Koluama 1 Community, Comrade Kiwei Emmanuel Philip, told newsmen that the community was tired of the manipulation of the Conoil management since the former GMoU expired over 14 months ago.
“We have come here to occupy and sack Conoil. They are operating in our community without a GMoU. Our people do not even have one person working in the company at the moment. We cannot accommodate them anymore,” he said.
The women, led by China Ezekhia, said the women and the youths were suffering as most of them were unemployed and do not feel the impact of the company in their area, despite operating there for years.