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Youths call for unity among Bayesa oil communities to fast track development

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 By Kenechukwu Obiajuru, Yenagoa

Mr. Torke Ekpetun, youth president of Agbidiama community, Ekeremor LGA in Bayelsa, has advocated peace amongst oil communities to attract development and improve the standard of living of the people.

Ekpetun said in an interview on Tuesday that the greatest problems facing oil communities were disunity and selfishnrss, which, according to them, made development elude oil rich communities across the state.

Ekpetun said he would pursue a policy of unity amongst the people and ensure that international oil companies in the area would work with community leadership for common good.

He noted that disunity amongst the oil communities was an ill wind that does no good.

He assured oil firms operating in the area of Bayelsa that under his leadership, youth restiveness would be tackled as efforts are underway to re-orientate youths and get them to learn new skills to make them competitive. 

The youth leader expressed displeasure over  the divisive activities of former youth president and the outgone community development chairman of Egbemo-Angalabiri community.. 

He regretted the decision of the past youth leadership of Egbemo-Angalabiri to ignore the leadership of Agbidiama community in the signing of an agreement with an oil services firm for a building project in Clough Creek flow station in 2019.

He observed that such action was capable of threatening the peaceful co-existence of Agbidiama and Egbemo-Angalabiri communities and creating crises among the communities and the oil companies. 

Ekpetun called on oil firms to investigate the issues raised and ensure that there is no re-occurence; adding that Agbidiama and Egbemo-Angalabiri communities are joint hosts of Opukushi, Tunu, Clough Creek, Dodo North and Cambo Oil Fields and have always gone into joint agreement with IOCs willing to execute projects in the area. 

He expressing optimism that both communities would have a robust working relationship that would engender peace and rapid socio economic development among them in the coming years.

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