*accuses FG of placing stringent conditions licenses to prevent Ijaws, Niger Deltans
By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The Ijaw Youth Council led by Barr. Oweilaemi Rolland Pereotubor on Monday July 24 threatened to stop companies operating modular refineries in its territories just as it accused the Federal Government of allegedly placing “stringent conditions” on the application for award of operational licenses to operate modular refineries just to debar the Ijaws and people of the Niger Delta from applying, Authentic news daily reports.
The IYC handed down the threat at a press conference at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Warri Secretariat in Warri.
Pereotubor expressed shock that 56 licenses have been granted to private individuals and other companies with none to the Ijaws and Niger Delta people to operate in the region due to stringent
The legal practitioner noted that least amount for the processing of the license is a minimum of one hundred and fifty thousand (US)dollars stressing that, “The Ijaws and the people of the Niger Delta don’t have that kind of money.”
The IYC President stated that was the same way oil blocks in the Niger Delta were allegedly allocated to the “Caliphate Colonialists” when oil was discovered in Nigeria to the detriment of the Ijaws and the Niger Deltans.
“We will take our destinies in our hands to stop those companies from operating in our territories and we will do this by any means possible including paying the Supreme price to liberate our people from the hands of our oppressors.”
Pereotubor stated that if there must be restructuring of the country, there must “true federalism” as well as “resource control” warning that ”If the Federal Government ignores us and carries on with its old ways, then be sure that the IYC will cut off the umbilical cord of Nigeria which lies at the heart of Ijaw Land.”
Pereotubor argued that the allocation of 70% ownership to the Ijaws and Niger Delta by the Federal Government is the only panacea for true federalism in the country just as he urged the Government to review
the conditions for the award of operational licenses.
“We will invoke the Ijaw gods of war to go before us and we shall triumph over evil. We have no fear, and we have no doubts. No gunboats will stop us, not even fighter-jets. This oppression must stop. The stealing of our God-given resources and Niger Delta resources must stop. Enough is Enough.”