Indigenes of seven Communities in Emughan Clan in Abua Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State have staged a protest against oil multinational operating in the area over alleged imposition of members of Petroleum Industry Act Board of Trustee.
The aggreived indigenes of the seven communities of the Emughan Clan blocked the major roads in the area to draw the attention of the company and federal government on the issue.
The protesters including the clan youth leader, GEORGE BELOYE in an interview with newsmen accused the oil multinational of trying to impose persons as members of the PIA Board of Trustee contrary to the two persons they have already nominated which are GIFT ITARI and THANKGOD APO to protect their interest.
They complained that they have suffered lack of job opportunity, good health, school and market facilities in the hands of those that represented them in the past despite their huge contribution to the company just as they threatened to ensure that the alleged imposition do not stand.
Based on the agitation on representative of the PIA, the paramount ruler of Emughan Clan, His Royal Highness, King THANKYOU OBAGANA who addressed newsmen after addressing indigenes of the communities, said the multinational can not decide for the communities who to represent them, warning that they will no longer hold meeting with the company in Port Harcourt.
The chairman of Emughan council of Chiefs, AKIODI SAMUEL-EDEH and Chief THANKGOD ELI who are chiefs from different communities threatened that they remain on the street until they nomination are accepted to represent them.