- Akwa Ibom youths embarked on a protest to Exxon Mobil
- The youths are demanding that the company moves it headquarter to Akwa-Ibom
- They gave the oil company a 14-day ultimatum to move or be shut down
Youths of Eket, Esit-Eket, Onna and Ibeno local government areas of Akwa Ibom state staged a protest on September 11 to demand immediate relocation of giant oil company, Exxon Mobil, to their state.
The protest, which was held by a group, Afigh Iwaad Ekid, carried a red coffin and other traditional items to block the company's gate.
The group spokesperson, Joe Etukudo, said: “Time has come for Mobil to relocate to Akwa Ibom State in keeping with the presidential directives.
“Today is just a warning protest done in a very civilized manner, we will eventually shut down Mobil’s operation both onshore and offshore if after fourteen days the company does not take us seriously."
They accused the company of neglecting the core oil communities and refusing to award contracts and employments to indigenes.
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Recall that NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, ordered all international oil companies operating in the Niger-Delta region but with head offices in other parts of Nigeria to relocate to the zone.
Osinbajo gave the directive at a town hall meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom which he visited as part of efforts to end the Niger-Delta crisis.
He asked the minister of state for petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to begin the process of engaging the international oil firms to ensure the directive is adhered to since it was the right thing to do.
Watch this NAIJ.com video of villagers scooping petroleum from a tanker in Ohuhu: