Niger Delta Youths Sue Dangote Over Location of Refinery
Youths in the Niger Delta region have threatened to take legal action against Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, over the location of his proposed refinery in Lagos instead of their region as he as proposed.the Youths in the Niger Delta region have threatened to take legal action against Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, over the location of his proposed refinery in Lagos instead of their region as he as proposed.
The protesting youths, under the aegis of Niger Delta Youths Leaders Administrative Council (NDYLAC), has said the location of the refinery outside the Niger Delta region contravenes the Nigerian Content Act.
As they put forward their statement issued yesterday in Port Harcourt and jointly signed by Magnus Uche and Pobewei Abie, chairman and secretary respectively, the NDYLAC has said that disregard for the location of the world’s biggest refinery in Lagos other than the Niger Delta region where the raw materials are sourced is amounted to “continuous enslavement of the people of the Niger Delta area and its development”.
The group of youth states that the US$18billion which has been sunk into the laying of subsea oil and gas pipelines alone to connect the raw materials from the region to Lagos would deny the unemployed youths more than 5000 jobs, thereby increasing the rate of poverty in that part of the country and thereby no development in the region as they put forward.
The proposal as described by the “anti-Niger Delta”, NDYLAC vowed that it would “take every legal means to ensure that Aliko Dangote rescinds his decision of citing the refinery in Lagos to the niger delta region.