Leaders of Odidi Federated Community, an oil-producing community in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, have warned youths in the area against being used to disrupt oil installations in the locality.
The President, Odidi Federated Community Elders Council, Chief Samson Mamamu, at a press conference in Warri, expressed concern that some youths allegedly sponsored by some faceless groups had been making moves to cause disruptions in oil fields and urged such youths to desist from such unwholesome act.
Mamamu, who is also the national leader of OML 42 Host Communities, however, decried the neglect of Odidi community by the federal and state governments, saying, “No single project has been sited in the large community, not even by Shell or Niger Delta Development Commission.”
He said, “The community has been deliberately neglected and abandoned since 1967 when oil was discovered in the area. The hen that lays the golden egg is being left to die.”
Mamamu therefore urged the President, Major-General Muhammad Buhari (retd.), to ‘rise up to the occasion and resolve the developmental problems facing the area’.
He also called on Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, and the security agencies to intervene and checkmate the excesses of hoodlums frustrating enduring socioeconomic development in the area.