Isoko Youths protest Over Non-Payment Of DESOPADEC Security Fund
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Hundreds of Isoko Youths in Delta State, under the auspices of Isoko Development Union Youth Wing, IDUYW, earlier today, Wednesday June 9, reportedly blocked the Ughelli/Iyede Express Road, protesting over what they described as refusal by Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC to pay them social security funds.
The protest reportedly prevented motorists from coming or going to Asaba, from the Ughelli axis.
Speaking to newsmen, the President of Isoko Development Union Youth Wing, Comrade Ede Hyacinth Ewariezi, said: “The 10 million naira monthly Social Security Funds for five months (January-May 2020) due to our Youth body should be released to us without further delay”.
According to him, the action of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, “on the total disregard for the Isoko People, Isoko Development Union and Traditional Institutions”, is something they will no longer tolerate.
He appealed to the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to do everything human possible to ensure the Office of the Majority Leader remain in Isoko, saying that it would strengthen the bond between the State Government and the Isoko ethnic Nationality.
He also urged the governor to move the defunct Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro to another Isoko community for equity, socio-economic significance and to encourage those who cannot access University education.
He claimed that Isoko People have suffered, “unhealthy implications of air pollution associated with gas flaring”, adding that Heritage Energy Operational Service Limited and other oil companies operating in Isoko land, should commence immediate establishment of gas turbines in their land and stop gas flaring.
Ewariezi, called on all contractors handling abandoned projects in Isoko land to return to sites for immediate completion of such projects.
The Youth Wing President, warned that if the demands are not met, they would commence a total shutdown of crude oil installations in Isoko Nation.