Youths of Ogulagha Kingdom, Burutu local government area, Delta state, under the aegis of Ogulagha Clan Youths Association have threatened to shut-down all oil and gas production facilities in their kingdom, including the Forcados terminal and the Crude Loading Platform if the Delta state government fails to appoint one of their own into the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission.
In a statement signed by Comrade John Bebapere, National President, Comrade Humphrey Oluku, General Secretary and Comrade Ebikeme Abanre, PRO, the youths expressed displeasure on the continuous deprivation of the Ogulagha kingdom people from appointive positions in the DESOPADEC board.
They explained that some ethnic nationalities and kingdoms in the state had been appointed twice as either chairman or Managing Director of DESOPADEC, while Ogulagha kingdom has been out-rightly neglected and reduced to the background in the politics of oil in the state.
“We will not accept the total exclusion of Ogulagha kingdom in the recent appointment of persons into the DESOPADEC board. We call on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to as a matter of urgency, appoint an Ogulagha indigene into the board of the DESOPADEC because we will no longer tolerate a situation where those that produces more oil, suffers’ more,” the youths resolved.
Member representing Burutu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Julius Pondi, when contacted for comments as an indigene of Ogulagha kingdom, also frowned at the total deprivation of Ogulagha people from the recent appointment of persons into DESOPADEC board but promised to reach the governor for solution.
He advised the youths to eschew violence and maintain peace to create room for dialogue.

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