Olomoro Protests Against Heritage Oil Service

THE people of Olomoro Community
in Isoko South Local
Government Area, Delta State,
have staged a peaceful protest against
Heritage Oil service over alleged
neglect of its host communities and
unlawful detention of FOUR of the
community boys working with the
company.
The company is alleged to be owing
over four months salary and refusing
to sign the Global Memorandum
of Understanding (GMOU) with the
community which has expired since
April, 2017.
The over 1000 thousand members
of Olomoro community protesting
peacefully, marched through old Olomoro
road to the company gate at Olomoro
Flow station, carrying placards
with inscriptions reading: ‘No salary,
no Heritage, Heritage is oppressing
Olomoro Community and Olomoro
community needs employment.’
Speaking to newsmen, Pastor Blessing
Agboro, President -General, Olomoro
Community Development Union
said, other reasons for the peaceful
protest include Heritage Oil Services’s
alleged refusal to employ Olomoro
indigenes while people from other
tribes are employed, the community
indigenes are denied slots as contractors
of the company, neglect of the
company to dialogue with the hosts
community, unconditional release of
the four staff unlawfully detained and
signing of the global memorandum
of understanding on free to operate
agreement.
Pastor Agboro also said that until
Heritage Oil Service ‘addresses the issues
raised, the protesters will remain
in front of the company’s premises.’
He alleged that even the traditional
ruler of the community was disregarded
by the management of the oil
company,, adding that, since April,
2017 that the company resumed
operation, the executive of Olomoro
Community Development Union has
offered hand of fellowship to it severally,
‘but the company refused,’noting
that, until the conditions for the
protestare met, they will not allow
the company to operate.
Engr. Henry Edewor, vice president
Olomoro Community Development
Union, also appealed to the state
Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa,
and president Muhammadu Buhari
to prevail on the company to heed the
yearnings and demands of Olomoro
community.
Also speaking, Mrs. Foto Osiobe,
woman leader, Olomoro community,
appealed to the company to
release the four Olomoro indigenes
detained.
She also noted that, the injustice
meted on the people of the community
has reached a climax, emphasizing
that the women and youths ‘are
suffering due to complete neglect by
Heritage oil services.’
However, one of the company’s top
management staff,( name withheld)
who spoke to our correspondent said,
the arrest of the four boys had nothing
to do with Heritage Oil services,
noting that it was security agents
that made the arrest. The source also
stated that government has ordered
the release of the four boys that were
detained. At the time of going to press
the four boys had been released.