Rivers – 20/12/17:
OGONIS PROTEST AT THE NNPC HEADQUARTERS IN PORT HARCOURT
A group known as the Ken Saro-Wiwa Associates on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 protested at the entrance gate of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company headquarters at Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The group which was lead by Chief Gani Topba said that the peaceful protest was necessary following leaked contract papers that the federal government of Nigeria in collaboration with Shell Petroleum company had solidify plans to resume oil exploration in Ogoniland by awarding contracts of all the oil fields in Ogoni -OML 11- to a cover-up company called RoboMichael Limited.
On a closed examination of the leaked papers, the company’s official address was a residential address inside the Aso Villa in Abuja. Chief Topba noted that if oil exploration must resume in Ogoniland, it must be in compliance with due processes, which would include but is not limited to dialogue with the Ogoni people and the meeting of outlined demands as written in the Ogoni Bill of Rights and some other updated requests. He noted that the Ogonis have suffered enough and it was only necessary to dialogue and come to terms with environmental degradation, and maintenance of its facilities.
The group, which blocked the entrance gate of the company, kept their spirit alive with music and dance performances to onlookers while wielding placards and banners with various displeasures. The group consisted of men and women who had gathered from different parts of the state at about 6am. Stranded workers at the NNPC office stood outside and in their packed vehicles while observing the engagements of press. One of the coordinators, Engr. Charles mentioned that it was not in their place to halt work since Ogonis were advocates of hard-work, but it was necessary to create an awareness so that the world would be aware of processes carried out by the government through its agencies that are not friendly to the Ogoni people.
Pictures from the protest.