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The proposal by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), in Bonny Rivers State to relocate a multi-million dollar dry dock project in Badagry Lagos State has raised a lot of dust.
A youth body in Rivers State, Orashi Coalition, has condemned what they called calculated gross injustice being planned against the state and her indigenes.
Other youth bodies and individuals in the state had earlier criticised NLNG’s plan to build the project outside their operation base.
NLNG’s official, Kudo Eresia-Eke, in a radio interview in Port Harcourt on Saturday said his company has little or no stake in the planned project as it is not owned by NLNG but that of “Badagry Ship Repair and Maritime Engineering Company” (BSNC), a consortium of Nigerian Companies, adding that NLNG has no hand in it.
But in a statement yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Chairman of the group Napoleon Adah said the Nigerin gas giant lied, alleging that they (NLNG) are part of the new company and that they have led its partners to several places within the state, including Orashi area to conduct tests for raw material for the company.
He maintained that NLNG has no reason to deny the state their right of playing host to the multi-billion naira project, considering the benefits that would be accruable to the state where it is established.
Adah said the state has contributed so much to the Nigeria nation and NLNG, and that if the Company wants to set up such project it must be cited in the state. “We are kicking against the decision of NLNG to continue with its plan to build dry dockyard in Badagry in Lagos state. We as Rivers youths are saying that if NLNG must go on with the project, it must be cited in the state where they source their raw materials.
“We do not accept NLNG’s claim that they are not the owner of the project, we are saying that their claim is one of those cheap reasons for companies to divert the project and deny Rivers government and people the benefits that accrue from such laudable projects, while tapping our resources”, he stated.
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