The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, has stated that, the safety of staff of oil companies in the Niger Delta will not be guaranteed, after seven days from Monday, May 17, 2021.
The IYC has therefore given the oil firms operating in the region, seven days to evacuate their workers from all facilities in the area or be ready to face the planned shutdown of the area.
The warning is coming on the heels of the 30-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government to constitute a substantive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
President of the IYC, Peter Timothy Igbifa, told newsmen in Yenagoa that there is no going back on the planned shutdown of the region, hence the safety of such workers will not be guaranteed.
He, however, urged the federal government to immediately inaugurate the board before the end of the ultimatum to prevent the shutdown and the attendant crisis.
“We are not going to carry guns and chase anybody as Ijaw youths but we will lock down the region until our demand for the substantive board is inaugurated in the NDDC.
“In line with the ultimatum as the days are counting, we should have nine days remaining to go. All IOCs operating in our region should begin a peaceful evacuation of their personnel. We need a peaceful evacuation because we do not want anybody to take advantage of the shutdown.
“We want them to take responsibility of their personnel, remove them gently. If you have IOCs that operate flow stations, take the remaining days and time and shutdown them down gently by yourself.
“We are not coming to your flow station, shut them by yourself, we want you to shut the flames by yourself and vacate your personnel. Within these seven days remaining in the ultimatum, you can take three to four days to shut down and evacuate so we can have a peaceful shutdown.
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“We have said from the beginning, we are not taking up arms, we are not shooting and this is why we pray that this thing runs gently and we pray that the Federal Government does the needful.
“The moment the board is inaugurated we will lift the ultimatum and go into a discussion on the issues that have to do with the region. We will itemize them and discuss them.
“We must achieve this task to appease Boro and the spirit of these men, who fought with him during the 12 days revolution because their spirit cannot rest, until the things they fought for are achieved”.