The people of Omudioga community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State have called on the management of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) on its failed Developmental Projects to the host community.
According to a statement issued by Omudioga Rescue Mission team, it is very obvious and interesting to note the existence of Shell Petroleum Oil Company, with numerous oil wells in Omudioga Community for more than decades,.. This Oil company explore oil and gas resources from our blessed community forgetting their customary responsibilities to the host community.
The Shell Petroleum Development Company, has deepened their hands in the community rights and belonging, and as such should be treated considerably without sentiments. Other Communities housing these well renowned oil company are benefitting in all ramifications.
It is quite disheartening to state categorically that a Community that is well endowed with natural and mineral resources is being ridiculed and termed, as objects of derision. How then, can we move forward if we are been robbed of our natural endowments without remunerations?.
There is no denying the fact that the presence of SPDC in our community has caused more harm than good. The Rivers are dead, environmental impacts of the activities of these oil company has led to the deteriorating state of traditional occupation of our people, knowing fully well that the most prevalent occupation of our people is farming, our lands are polluted, there are no fishes again as result of dead rivers…
To balance the environmental structure, our community requires huge resources in order to improve the quality of life of our people… The shell Petroleum Development Company has ignored our community in delivering their key developments projects yet, we allowed them exploit us without pity. Enough of these discrimination!
Despite the presence of these oil company and the numerous oil wells been exploited inhumanely, it is shameful that there is no electricity, pipeborne water, good schools, scholarships for students, or even health care facilities to help ameliorate with the sufferings of indigent masses.
In as much as I support that every oil companies should operate with GMoU, I think there is no use of GMoU in Omudioga since there are no positive impacts created by them, they are formed to represent our community, not their respective families. I am suggesting that GMoU be scrapped out and let the CDC/Ogbakor Omudioga, create a formidable committee that will foresee to the welfare of our community, taking our predicaments to the shell administrators.
One of the problems facing us in our contemporary society is bad leadership, permit me to say that GMoU doesn’t see the interest of Omudioga as their top interest of which they are to represent the said community. It occurs to me that these oil company usually pay secret tributes to some of our leaders in the high places at the detriment of Omudioga people. But for how long will that continue?. No one seems to talk or reason, just because we are scared, instead we prefer killing one another, is that not wickedness and stupidity in quote? Abeg make we wake up from our slumber, before they go swallow our children join.
My brothers and sister, let’s live a life full of emulations, we need development in our peaceful and hospitable community. We can only achieve that goal, if we all come together and reason as one family setting aside sentiments, and selfish interest.
Finally, let’s stop fanning the embers of enemity amongst us. The fights you see dirty, somewhere you did not see”. Omudioga will be better if we hold unto this course. Let’s say NO to cultism, kidnapping, stealing plantains, Arm-robbering, beheading and other social vices.
Thank you for your attention!
I love you all.