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Group urges opposition to withdraw protests against Olu of Warri's list

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Group urges opposition to withdraw protests against Olu of Warri's list
Warri Urban Security Network (WUSN) calls on those opposed to the list of members of Iwere Host Community Trust submitted by Olu of Warri to withdraw their protests. WUSN believes the decision is in the overall best interest of the Warri Kingdom and urges the Delta state governor to mediate. They emphasize that the trust incorporation into the Iwere Development Master Plan promotes the advancement of the kingdom and should be applauded.

A group known as the Warri Urban Security Network (WUSN) has urged those opposing the list of members submitted by the Olu of Warri to withdraw their protests. They believe that the decision to incorporate the host community trust into the Iwere Development Master Plan is in the overall best interest of the Warri Kingdom and should be applauded.

The WUSN made this appeal in a statement released in Warri, Delta State, on Friday. They noted that the Olu of Warri's intention to include the host community trust in the overall development plan for the kingdom is a commendable initiative. They argue that the ongoing campaign against the trust, spearheaded by a few individuals in some communities, is driven by selfish interests.

Highlighting concerns about potential escalations to violence and breakdown of law and order, WUSN called on the Delta state governor, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, to urgently intervene and resolve the matter. They believe that protests against international oil companies (IOCs) in some communities should be halted before tensions rise any further.

The statement, signed by Chief Frank Onoriode and Comrade Dafe Okpako, chairman and secretary of WUSN respectively, emphasized the need for caution and restraint among all stakeholders involved in the dispute regarding the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).

WUSN acknowledged that the PIA clearly outlines how multi-national oil companies should engage with their host communities, in accordance with local content provisions. However, they argue that the Olu of Warri's actions align with the PIA and are in the best interest of the Itsekiri ethnic nationality.

The group conducted an assessment of the situation in the kingdom, particularly the Ugborodo axis, and discovered that the protests stemmed from the selfishness of a few individuals. These individuals allegedly manipulated community leaders to redirect resources meant for communal development into their personal pockets.

WUSN commended the establishment of the Iwere Host Community Trust by the Olu of Warri, as it aims to prevent the hijacking of wealth by a select few, which had occurred in the past. They called on officials of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) to adopt the Olu of Warri's submitted list of trust members as the authentic one, in line with the provisions of the PIA and the best interest of the people.

The group also appealed to the aggrieved communities protesting against the PIA to desist from their actions. They believe these communities are being exploited by a small group of individuals who are motivated by personal gain and wish to perpetually control and exploit the communities.

Lastly, WUSN condemned the continuous occupation and protest at the premises of IOCs and the NUPRC Zonal office in Warri. They demanded an immediate end to the protests, stating that the instigators are not serving the collective interest of the communities, but rather pursuing their personal gains.

In conclusion, WUSN called upon Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta state to urgently intervene and prevent any further escalation of tensions. They expressed concerns that the discord among Itsekiri indigenes, if not resolved promptly, could lead to a breakdown of law and order in the affected communities.

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