Some Itsekiri indigenous people in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State have taken their ongoing protest to the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission over the Petroleum Industry Act implementation.

This was as the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Oritsema Eyewuoma, petitioned the Commission, demanding for the Itsekiri  nation monetary entitlement from the DESOPADEC management from the tenure of the state ex-Governor James Ibori till date.

The DESOPADEC office was forcefully locked on Thursday as the protesters comprising Itsekiri women and youths, carrying a mock casket, picketed the main entrance, to express their grievances.

Eyewuoma, in a letter to DESOPADRC, formally demanded for the Itsekiri nation’s monetary entitlement from the Commission since the past years to date.

The letter of protest written and signed by Eyewuoma, who was represented by Chief Eugene Ikomi and presented to the management of DESOPADEC demanded “the release of all the monetary entitlements due to Itsekiri ethnic nationality during the tenure of Chief James Ibori to date.”

The letter, copies of which were made available to journalists read partly, “The Itsekiri Ethnic nationality is aware that there is monthly provision due to Itsekiri nation like all other ethnic nationalities covered by your Commission in Delta State. To the disillusionment of our people, that money has not reached the purse of the Itsekiri nation over the years.

“I am also to inform you that the Itsekiri Ethnic nationality is miffed by this unethical conduct to undermine our people. It is sequel to the above that, we have resolved to demand that your Commission make available to us the total accrual of our entitlements to date through the Office of the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom.”

The Executive Director, Welfare, Chief Favour Izuokumour, acknowledged the receipt of the protest letter on behalf of the management of DESOPADEC, and promised to deliver same at the appropriate quarters, while he commended the protesters for their peaceful conduct.

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