Aggrieved indegenes of Koluama mostly youths have shut down oil facility operated by ConOil Producing Plc in their community over alleged refusal by the company to implement Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with host communities.
Koluama community is located in Southern Ijaw Local Government Council Area of Bayelsa State.
Truthlive.net gathered that the oil facility shutdown by the irate youths at Ango 2 field, operated by Conoil since 2013 has a crude oil production capacity of over 30,000 barrels per day.
Similarly, aggrieved indigenes including women, youths and elders, caught the security personnel stationed at the facility unawares.
The protesters reportedly stormed company carrying the different placards with inscriptions such as ‘No MoU, No Crude oil exploration’, ‘ConOil pack, and go, we are tired of suffering’ and “Koluama people are suffering” and demanded the shutdown of operations at the facility.
Meanwhile, the protesters are said to have the approval and backing of the members of the Koluama Oil and Gas Committee (KOGC) in their mission.
According to KOGC, “the oil firm failed in the implementation of the MoU which spelt out social obligations of the oil firm to its host communities.”