Port Harcourt — Youths of Akala-Olu community, host to Oshie Flow Station, operated by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, have threatened to shutdown the facility over negligence by the oil firm.
Akala-Olu in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, is part of those communities playing host to OML61, operated by the NAOC, Oando, NNPC joint venture.
The community despite hosting the Oshie flow station and gas plant, does not have a health centre, but is seriously covered in oil spills, and surrounded by gas flares from Agip facility.
Speaking, the Youth President, Akala-Olu Clan, Josiah Sunday, vowed that youths of the area would shutdown Agip operations, over negligence.
Sunday said the unattended oil spills from Agip facility had led to a fire incident in February 2021, which razed the mangrove, swamp and farmlands in the area.
He pointed out that there will be a meeting with the larger youth body in Ekpeye land, which would determine how and when they would shut down the flow station.
“We are shutting down this flow station. We are tired of negligence from Agip. Once the youth bodies in Ekpeye meet, I will informed you of our next line of action. But there will be no going back, because we must shut down the flow station.”