Provision of water, hospitals and electricity should be standard
It is becoming increasingly clear that the government and multi nationals operating in the oil rich Delta region of Nigeria do not feel the need to improve the lives of the people in the region. Why is it so difficult to build up these areas?. Basic houses and infrastructure costs only a fraction of the profits generated from the sale of oil and gas but it will leave a lasting effect on the community. The latest news comming out of the region is from the Gbaramatu and Ugborode communities in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State who have given the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) a 21-day ultimatum to fulfil all the agreements reached with the communities during the construction of the first phase of the Escravos-Warri-Lagos Pipeline.
The communities have also threatened to disrupt operations on the newly-completed pipeline, as well as other onshore and offshore facilities in the area, including the Escravos Tank Farm and the Abiteye Flow Station, if their demands are not met within the 21 days.
The Escravos-Warri-Lagos Gas Pipeline project suffered a major setback last year when protesting Gbaramatu and Ugborode women demanding for a better deal from both the NNPC and Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) stopped the contractor from executing the project for several months.
The women had demanded for the provision of water, hospitals and electricity in the area. It is possible that these agencies have indeed given the contract to a local kinsman who has decided to do nothing and fled with the money…. who knows.