Akwa Ibom youths dump coffin at Exxon Mobil in relocation protest

Hundreds of youths from three local government areas of Esit-Eket, ONNA and Eket, the host communities of Exxon Mobil, on Monday embarked on a warning protest demanding immediate relocation of the company’s headquarters to Akwa Ibom.

In the weird protests, the youths dumped a coffin with traditional emblems at the company’s Housing Estate and Airstrip.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Mr. Joe Etukudo said it is time for the oil company to relocate to Akwa Ibom State in keeping with the presidential directives.

“Today is just a warning protest done in a very civilized manner, we will eventually shut down Mobil’s operation both onshore and offshore if, after 14 days, the company does not take us seriously,” Etukudo said.

It would be recalled that as Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had promised during a townhall meeting in Uyo the relocation of “the headquarters of some multinationals in the country to their base of operation”.

The protesters also called on the company to stop being partial in its award of contracts and employment so that indigenes of the oil producing communities, and Akwa Ibom indigenes, in general, could benefit.

Propellerng.com investigation shows that in the bid to attract Exxon Mobil to the state, Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has proposed about 9billion naira in the 2017 supplementary budget for the construction of a high rise building in the state capital.

Competent sources confirmed to our correspondent that the structure is to be located at the former Uyo market site.

“The governor does not want companies like Exxon Mobil to have any excuse for not coming to the state, excuses in terms of availability of infrastructure for operation”, a source told this paper.

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