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Delta youths protest alleged relocation plot of NNPC subsidiaries

Hundreds of Delta youths on Monday occupied the access route into the premises of the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) in protest of alleged relocation of the offices from the Niger Delta.

The youths, from various ethnic backgrounds, led by the President of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Eric Omare; his Itsekiri National Youth Council (INYC) counterpart Weyinmi Agbateyinro and other ethnic nationalities youth leaders, said they would resist the relocation of the two companies occupying the premises.

Besides the NGC, the Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC) is also headquartered in the premises.

Both companies are subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

However, the representatives of the company denied the alleged relocation plot, saying there was no such plan.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Omare said the relocation plan was evil and opposed to the development of the Niger Delta region.

“Youths from Urhobo, Itsekiri, Ijaw, Isoko and Ndokwa ethnic nationalities of Delta State are here because of an unfortunate and disappointing decision by a subsidiary of NNPC –Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company and the Nigerian Gas Marketing Company –to relocate their head offices to from Warri , which is the energy centre in Nigeria to Lagos.

“Most of you are aware that the Niger Delta region is the economic capital of Nigeria.

“All the other oil companies have their headquarters either in Abuja or in Lagos with resultant economic implications for Delta state and other states of the Niger Delta region.

“The few companies that are still remaining in Delta State are saying they want to also relocate their headquarters to Lagos and with the premise that all industrial customers are in Lagos.

“We (youths) are saying that the decision is demonic and unacceptable to us,” he declared.

Addressing the protesters, Delta Commissioner for Oil and Gas Mr. Freeman Fregene, said he heard of the protest and came to appeal to the youths to calm down.

“The state government will find out the true picture of things,” he promised.

The Executive Director Asset Management and Technical service of Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC), Engr. Emmanuel Akinsanya, who briefly spoke on behalf of the company, denied the relocation plans.

Akinsanya noted NGC and NGMC had no plans of relocating its headquarters from the state saying that it was mere a rumour without any iota of truth.

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