ALERT: Niger Delta group reveals ‘planned attacks’ on Agip oil facilities
The Niger Delta Activists Forum (NDAF) has warned of planned attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta belonging to Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC).
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, the group said host communities in the region have declared ‘Operation zero barrels’ for the company over its “disregard and total disrespect” for the residents.
The group had earlier given the company a 14-day ultimatum to recruit members of the host communities into its staff or risk “total and complete shutdown”.
Success Jack, the convener of the group, said the host communities are aggrieved as a result of NAOC’s alleged gross violations of human rights, non-implementation of previous agreements, and pollution of land and waterways in the Niger Delta.
He said efforts to broker peace failed because the company was “adamant and succeeded in truncating that effort at achieving peace.”
“On a final note, we want to further draw the attention of all relevant government agencies to the fact that the resolve by these communities is real and any effort to remedy things is still highly welcomed,” he said.
“We are aware from our interactions with these people, that at any time from 00hrs on Wednesday, June 20, ‘Operation zero barrels for NAOC’ begins.
“We call on Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) to immediately embrace dialogue rather than being oppressive. Let them give peace a chance and activate the process for a win-win outcome.
“You cannot continue to violate our people, break and disregard our laws and disobey our government.
“At this juncture, we are clearly at our limits of providing leadership and peaceful coordination. We hereby leave the situation to float on with the communities to continue in whatever direction they have chosen for and by themselves.”
In total, the company has a total of 41 mining leases.
Ghana to import fuel from Dangote’s refinery
Distributors of petroleum products in Ghana have expressed interest in patronising Dangote Oil Refinery when operations begin.
The refinery, which is owned by Aliko Dangote, is expected to begin operations in 2018.
The 650,000 barrels capacity refinery is located in Lekki.
According to a statement by Dangote Group on Monday, participants at the 2018 Ghanaian International Petroleum Conference were eager to know how they could key in for supplies from the 650,000-barrel-per-day refinery.
Nana Akufo-Addo, president of Ghana, who was represented by the vice president, Mahamus Bawumia, said African nations were anxiously waiting for the Dangote Refinery.
He said dealing with Dangote refinery for petroleum import would be a better business for African nations rather than depending on the international market for the supply of refined products, saying “we will rather purchase from the Dangote Refinery due to the proximity of the refinery to Ghana and other neighbours.”
Babajide Soyede, the technical adviser to Aliko Dangote on refinery and petrochemical matters, said the government has been supportive of the refinery especially since Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, minister of state for petroleum resources, has promised to end fuel importation by 2019.
“I have made a very firm commitment to Nigerians that I must stop the importation of petroleum products by 2019 and I am going to keep to it,” Kachikwu had said.