Rivers families decry exclusion from NLNG project



 Residents of Finima community in the Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State have decried their exclusion from the Nigeria Liquid Natural Gas Company Limited’s Train Seven project.

The Chairman, Opu-Asawo Tobin Chieftaincy House Youths in Finima, Gbara Tobin, who made this known during a peaceful demonstration at the site of the project, said Finima was made up of Brown, Tobin and Anthony chieftaincy houses, wondering why the NLNG preferred to deal with only one of the families in the project.

Tobin, therefore, called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to intervene to avoid an imminent crisis among families in the affected area, alleging that of the three families, only one was being carried along.

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He said, “We are here to make our presence felt because Finima community, we are aware, is made up of Brown, Tobin and Anthony chieftaincy houses. But with regards to NLNG executing projects in our community, we see that they have been using the back door in relating with people in Finima community.

“We are now aware that Saipem, Chiyoda and Daewoo, SCD, Joint Venture Consortium, are sneaking into the community to relate with only one of the families, Brown House. We have made it clear over time that Finima community consists of three houses and since the Train One to Train Six (projects), NLNG has been dealing with the Brown House and that is what is causing this issue.

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“Now, they are about executing the Train 7 project and the Tobin house is left out. Today we are aware that the SCD Consortium is here. We want them to understand that in Finima community we have three houses and they don’t have any right to deal with Brown House alone in Finima Community.”

Calls put across to an official of the company were not answered as of the time of filing this report.

But Tobin urged the companies to relate with each of the hierarchies of the community if they were in the area to do business, warning that no part of the community should be deprived of their right.

He added, “If they are to come into this community, they should relate with the various chieftaincy houses respectively. They should stop looking into the community and making arrangements with one family and depriving the rest people of their God-given right.

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 “I want to call on the local government chairman, our representatives, the King and Chiefs in Council, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to listen to our cry before NLNG will cause more chaos in this community.”

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