Members of the Gbaramatu Communities Chairmen Forum have written to President Muhammadu Buhari demanding for the construction of the Export Processing Zone, Gas Revolution Industrial Park, Ogidigben and Gbaramatu Seaport component of the projects.
The region plays host to several oil and gas facilities and the community has asked the federal government to embark on developmental projects in the region.
Vanguard reports that in a letter signed by Demebi Johnbull and 10 others, they said:
“The benefits of these projects are enormous as they can absorb the teeming restive youths and further boost economic activities of the communities, Delta state and the federation”
They commended President Buhari for sending the minister of state for petroleum resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to the kingdom to inspect the site of the proposed Nigerian Maritime University and pleaded that the government “should continue the construction of the university and ensure the commencement of academic activities in the institution within the next academic session.”
“The President should direct the multinational Oil Companies to carry out their Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, adopt environmental best practice, comply with the Local Content Policy of the Federal Government and give employment to people from the host communities, as our people have been shortchanged for too long in the scheme of things.”
They lamented that the region was an eyesore in spite of the level of oil production recorded there.
“Gbaramatu kingdom is an eyesore in terms of underdevelopment and environmental degradation.
“Gbaramatu kingdom is deliberately deprived and neglected, and we urge you to link us to the national grid.”
They urged the president to “engage the traditional institution of Gbaramatu kingdom on issues concerning peace and development, and also kindly direct the Military High Command to respect our traditional institution by returning the items looted during the recent military invasion of Gbaramatu kingdom.”
“The Niger Delta Avengers and other agitating groups should sheathe their swords to engender the peaceful resolution of the logjam as no development can be achieved in a rancorous environment.”
The chairmen stated : “We affirm that we are ready and willing to cooperate and collaborate with the federal government to bring an enduring solution to the incessant pipelines vandalism an insurgency in the kingdom.”
“We assure you of our unalloyed support to ensure that your administration records sterling achievements, anchored on your administration’s show of sincerity in dealing with the people and adopt participatory governance in which democracy is rooted to give the people a sense of belonging,”