The youths declared their support during a town hall meeting with the Delta State Advocacy Committee against Oil Facility Vandalization, led by the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro in Oporoza.
Youth leader, Moses Yabrade disclosed that the oil companies operating in the area have continually failed to implement safety agreement on oil installations.
Mr. Yabrade lamented that while the youths were willing to be involved despite their lamentable condition, there was no synergy between the government and its agencies for opting for surveillance, stressing that the arrest and incarceration of 5 persons/agents of the Pipeline Surveillance/Protection Services (PSPS) as confirmed by Chevron was a frightening experience.
He advised the Otuaro-led Advocacy Committee to create the platform for the required synergy saying,
“In history, violence upon violence has never produced peace. Innocent ordinary people suffer for military harassment and intimidation that has made Gbaramatu Kingdom an endangered species. Gathering and working with intelligence is better”, Yabrade said, adding: “Nobody will destroy or allow the destruction of what or where he feeds from”.
“If the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) gas line was engaged to generate electricity, for instance, for the communities in its path, no community will allow such vandalism that negatively affects its comfort, without confronting the perpetrators”, he continued.
Yabrade added that the Pipelines Products Marketing Company (PPMC) should re-introduce its abandoned but beautiful proposal of development award/projects for peaceful communities, an idea he said could galvanize communities to active protection of oil facilities.