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NDIMRC Wants FG to Revoke Oil Blocks Allocation to Northerners

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Date: 12th March, 2013

Image: Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke


Shocked by the allegation that some people from the Northern part of the country own 83 per cent of oil blocks in the country, the Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC) has threatened a total showdown, insisting that the blocks should be revoked.
The Bayelsa-based oil monitoring group also urged President Goodluck Jonathan and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke to revoke and re-allocate the controversial oil blocks.

NDIMRC in a statement jointly by its President, Nelly Emma; Secretary, John Sailor and Public Relations Officer, Stanley Mukoro, at the weekend, said the current allocation was unacceptable.

“The oil blocks should be revoked and reviewed or an equivalent number be given to the people from the Niger Delta region whose lives are being degraded by oil exploration. The owner of the resources must be respected and we may be forced to ask for total control of our resources. We are set to control our God-given resources by ourselves and nobody will drill any oil in the Niger Delta region if this situation we have found ourselves in is allowed to continue,” the group warned.

The group alleged that the multinationals were clinching all the juicy contracts, while the Northerners were controlling 83 per cent of the oil blocks, leaving the Southerners in penury. According to them, all juicy contracts running into billions of dollars are being given to the multinational services companies.

“We are not comfortable with a situation where all the major contracts running into billions of dollars are being awarded by the NNPC and its Joint Venture Partners to the multinational oil companies with nothing left for our people who borrowed to build up capacity in the oil and gas industry.

“In all these projects being awarded, our people are not being encouraged and we dare ask, what is the future of our people? The President and the Minister must act fast to define the roadmap for our people, otherwise we will be forced to take unpleasant action against the multinational oil companies,” the group said.


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