The week long warning protest embarked by youths of Eket, Onna, Esit-Eket and Ibeno Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State against Exxonmobil has been called off through the intervention of Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.
The protest, predicated on Mobil’s relocation to Akwa Ibom paralyzed the company’s activities for a week as the protesters barricaded all entrances to the oil firm with coffins.
It took the intervention of the State Governor this evening for youths to vacate the company’s facilities with their “traditional injunctions”, paving way for negotiations on their demands.
The Special Assistant to Udom Emmanuel on public relations, pastor Bassey Umoh, himself an indigene of Eket who represented the Governor appealed on the youths to respect the State Chief Executive and stand down their protest to pave way for negotiation on their demands.
He said “your Governor asked me to tell you that your demands are legitimate but you can not sit on a round table with management of the company if you don’t let them have access to their office for negotiation on your demands”
“Governor Udom means well for the youths of this State and he understands your grievances. He is working on how to ensure that the company relocates to the State peacefully and he commends your peaceful conduct throughout the one week protest”, Umoh said.
Speaking earlier, the Obongiwaad of Afigh Iwaad Eket, Mr Godwin Williams said the core community youths were giving the Oil giant an ultimatum of 14 days to respond to their demands or “we shall unleashed the mother of all protest never seen before in Eket”
Part of the demands includes, immediate relocation of Exxon Mobil’s headquarters to their operational area, immediate review of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the company and its core communities, immediate employment of indigenes of core communities into managerial and directorship positions, immediate compensation of communities for environmental pollution, degradation by oil spills, gas flaring, operational noise, earth tremor and hazards and immediate compliance to the local content directives in award of contracts and subcontracts among others.