Delta Community Takes to the Streets in Protest Against NPDC’s Proposed Flow Station Relocation

Delta Community Takes to the Streets in Protest Against NPDC's Proposed Flow Station Relocation

In a display of unity and determination, the Ogbe-Udu community in Delta State, Nigeria, took to the streets in protest against the plans of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and Newcross Exploration and Production Limited (NEPL) to relocate their flow station. This article delves into the grievances of the community and the reasons behind their protest.

On a recent morning, hundreds of residents from Ogbe-Udu gathered to voice their opposition to the proposed relocation of the flow station from their community to the neighbouring town of Emadagja. Clutching placards bearing powerful messages such as “Ogbe-Udu Says No Flow Station, No Pipeline” and “After 42 Years of Wastage, Ogbe-Udu Demands Justice,” the protesters made their stance clear.


Mr. Joseph Eni, the President General of Ogbe-Udu, addressed the media during the protest, emphasizing the community’s admirable and long-standing efforts to safeguard their land from encroachment and exploitation. He recounted how, over three decades ago, the field operators had acquired a significant parcel of land in Ogbe-Udu to construct a flow station. This decision was made after thorough technical and commercial analyses, with assurances that Ogbe-Udu was the most suitable site for the project in the Aburu Field.

However, the mood shifted when, on April 26, 2024, representatives from NEPL conveyed the shocking news to the Ogbe-Udu delegation during a meeting at Wetland Hotel in Udu. They announced the decision to relocate the proposed Aburu Field (OML65) flow station. This announcement was met with immediate objection and spontaneous protest from the community members.


In response to the news, the Ogbe-Udu community issued an ultimatum to NEPL, demanding the removal of their pipeline from Ogbe-Udu by May 25, 2024. Mr. Eni reiterated this request during the protest, underscoring the community’s unwavering stance on the matter.

The protest by the Ogbe-Udu community against the relocation of the flow station underscores the importance of community engagement and consultation in decision-making processes that affect their livelihoods and environment. It is a testament to their resilience and determination to protect their land and rights. As the standoff continues, all eyes are on NPDC and NEPL to address the community’s concerns and resolve the dispute.


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