The Amalgamated Niger Delta Force has revealed alleged fresh effort by a cabal to relocate the headquarters of Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC) Ekpan, Uvwie LGA to Abuja.
The group made the claim at a media conference attended by its key officials who include; Hon Okpako Ovie (Diaspora Affairs), Abel Peretubor (Coordinator General), and Chief Temi Ayemi (Interface Ethnic Coordinator).
Speaking on behalf of the group, Abel Peretubor stressed that the management of NGMC resolve denial of the planned location of the headquarter of the company to Abuja, was false.
He alleged that a place has been acquired in Constitution Road, Central Business District near WEMA Bank, Giriki, Abuja for the new headquarters of NGMC.
“The fact that NGMC has bought over a property belonging to WEMA Bank at Abuja Central Business District at a whopping sum of N1.6billion outside other fees on the excuse that it is for Northern operations office is a slap on Niger Deltans.
Mr. Peretubor then called on Niger Deltans in the corridor of powers and traditional rulers in the area to resist the alleged relocation of NGMC from Ekpan in Delta state to Abuja.
While noting that the group was not alone in fight against the alleged relocation of the company from Ekpan to Abbuja, he recalled that Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas, Urhobo Ethnic Nationality Chapter had in a letter to the management dated June 16, 2020, warned against it to no avail.
He further alleged that the photograph of the managing director of the company was no longer in his office at NGMC, Ekpan at as the time of the media conference.
The coordinator general of the group has earlier remarked that the town hall meeting held by Governor Okowa Ifeanyi with youths of Delta State on unemployment and other related issues at Government Houses, Annex, Edjeba Agbarha Warri recently was timely.
He noted that the alleged relocation of the headquarters or business unit of NGMC from Ekpan, Delta State to Abuja would worsen the unemployment rate in Delta State and indeed Niger Delta region.
He therefore called on the governors of Niger Delta Region, the Deputy Senate President (DSP) Ovie Omo-Agege, other law makers of Niger Delta origin at the National Assembly, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timi Preye Silver, Minister of State for Labour, Chief Festus Keyamo (SAN) and traditional rulers in Niger Delta to investigate the fresh allegation and stop any attempt to relocate the headquarters or business unit of NGMC from Ekpan to Abuja.
Attempt to reach management of the company to react to the fresh allegation was unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report.