Ogoni Mornarch: Multinational companies disappointed us
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
THE people of Ogoni ethnic nationality in Rivers State yesterday said they have anchored the hope on the development of their area on an indigenous oil firm, Ogoni Hydrocarbon Company Limited.
The community made this statement on Thursday in Tai Local Government Area when the management team of the indigenous oil company paid a courtesy call on the Ogoni Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers prior to their commencement of operation.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers of Ogoni, His Royal Majesty, Chief Godwin Gininwa, the Chairman, Ogoni Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers and former Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers flayed oil multinational companies that operated in the area for their failure to develop Ogoni.
Gininwa regretted that instead of development that they (oil giants) exploited the people and left them in suffering and devastation.
The royal father pleaded with youths of Ogoni to be patient with leaders of the area as they marshal out how to bring development in the area and defeat suffering.
He said: “I am very pleased with the intentions of the firm for the development of Ogoni and creation of employment for the youths. We have everything but we are suffering in poverty. Our youths should be patient; we are trying to work out ways to ensure that you do not suffer in the midst of plenty.
“We want this company to help Ogoni in development. We will give you every needed support, what we want is just development. It has been difficult for us to leave here as a people. We don’t want our children to continue in poverty. If there is any money you have to develop anywhere please bring it and develop Ogoni.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chairman of Ogoni Hydrocarbon, Chief Mike Nwidobie, noted that the firm is commencing over $10 billion investment in the area, and that it would attract massive employment of 150,000 jobs for youths of the area as well as rapid development.
Nwidobie noted that the essence of the firm is for the Ogoni people to buy over all their oil wells and cater for their development.