Isoko People in an Outing

The people of Irri community, Isoko South Local Government Area, Delta State, have written a letter of notification to Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NOAC), that the Irri and Agip Memorandum of understanding (MoU) of 2012 to 2017 have expired.

The community, therefore, gave a 10-day ultimatum to the Oil Company to enter into a new Memorandum of Understanding with them or risk the shutting down of its operations in the area.
In the letter, the people of the community noted that the “Irri/AGIP MoU of 2012 – 2017 has expired and we are expected to write another to spell out our terms of references and operation, yet nothing is being done in this regard.”
The letter was addressed to the company’s Stakeholders Management and Community Division Manager by the Odio-Ologbo of Irri kingdom, HRM NAghagba Amathovo 1, Chairman of Irri Community Development Committee, Chief Godday Igorigo, Chairman, Irri Flow Station Landlords, Mr. Godspower Odueme.

In the letter, the community leaders accused Agip Management of not recognising and respecting their traditional ruler.

Part of the letter reads: “We as host community don’t have statistics of workers in Irri flow station. On this note, we demand a list of staff and their places of origin.

“Our people have applied to be registered as indigenous contractors but have been denied.
“The AGIP scholarship of post-primary school allowances of 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 have not been paid.
We as executives of this community are being accused of diverting slots/chances.
“The letter urged the company to address the issues “Or we will be forced to protest and block your operations.”