Official activities of the Agip Oil Company in Oleh, headquarters of Isoko South local government area of Delta state were on Thursday disrupted by the Isoko National Youth Assembly, (INYA), members led by its President, Ovie Umuakpo.
The youths, according to the President, they were protesting nonchalant attitude of AGIP company concerning its refusal to employ the youths and development of the land as well as scholarship to indigenes of the place.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards carried by the aggrieved protesting youths read thus: “Agip We Deserve Scholarship”, “Agip Give Us Our Dues”, “Enough Is Enough”, “Agip Stop Been Hostile To Your Host”, “Agip Give Our Youths Employment and “Agip Respect The Local Content Law”.
The youths who arrived at the company’s premises at about 7:30am, prevented staff from entering and exiting the premises.
According to Umuakpo, our demands include employment opportunities for the Isoko Youths, replication of Bonny Island electrification magic in Isoko land from Agip, total adherence to the local content act and Scholarship and empowerment programmes for the Isoko youths.
A representative of the Agip Oil Company, who simply identified himself as Napoleon, from the Public Affairs/ Community Relations Department of the company from its Kwale office, however charged the protesting youths to remain calm and promised to take their demands to the management of the company and have them addressed.