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Protesters shut down flow station in Delta community

Protesters on Friday shut down Bantan Flow Station in Diebiri in community in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta state, over alleged marginalisation by the state government.

The protesters stormed the flow station in their large number and urged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to give Diebiri Kingdom a slot on the board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).

They explained that by virtue of existing rotational arrangement, their community should produce the next commissioner to represent the Ijaw ethnic group on the board.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, the councillor representing Batan community in the Warri South-West Legislative Assembly, Frank Pukon, said their rights had been trampled on by the state governor.

He said: “When DESOPADEC was created, we have a rotational policy. Ogulagha has 19%, Gbaramatu has 17%, Egbema has 13, Diebiri has 11%, Idunu has 9%, Kor has 4%.

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“The pioneer chairman was from Ogulagha. Okowa amended the board and created additional offices in the board. As a result of this the Executive Director of the board was created which was given to Pastor Philip Gbesin. It’s a clear fact that the next commissioner of the board should come from Diebiri and not Gbaramatu,” Pukon said.

He noted that it was surprising that the person that was nominated from the kingdom was replaced with another person from Gbaramatu kingdom, a situation he said would not be accepted by the Diebiri people.

Also speaking to journalists at the scene of the protest, the Governing Council Chairman of Diebiri kingdom, Michael Douglas, said the protest was to draw the attention of the governor to their plight and to let him know that they are oil producing community and stakeholders in the country.

“The DESOPADEC commissioner slot is out right and until the state government gives us what rightfully belonged to us, we are not going to leave this place,” Douglas said.

Also, the youth president of Diebiri community, Godwin Epredi, said: “We are not happy with what is going because the DESOPADEC commissioner slot was supposed to be given to Diebiri people. But to our chagrin they gave it Gbaramatu people. We will not take this.”

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