Some stakeholders in Twon Brass, the headquarter of Brass Local Government Are, Bayelsa State have given reasons why youth and women protested against the rationing of electricity power supply to the oil and gas rich community in recent times.
This is coming on the heels of controversy in the past few months as a result of the decision of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) to shut down power supply to some communities in the area.
It is on record that NAOC had been rationing power supply between Twon-Brass Kingdom and Okpo-ama Kingdom which did not go down well with the people in the island considering the fact that the communities have been patiently waiting for NAOC to rectify the situation.
Twon-Brass Kingdom comprises Ada-Ama, Cameroun Ama, Sambo-Ama, Shidi-Ama, Kemmer Town, Imbikiri as well as Brass Gate which host NOAC and Okpo-ama Kingdom.
Surprisingly, as early as 7am May 14, 2021, women and youths of Twon-Brass stormed the gate of NAOC in protest against the decision of the oil firm to shut down power supply to the area.
There are reports that the NAOC finally shut down power supply on May 7, 2021 after a week the women and youth in anger to the development carried placards insisting that the multinational firm should restore electricity power supply in the area.
The protesting women and youths made it clear that the action of NAOC has paralysed business activities which had affected their means of livelihood and plunged the Kingdom into darkness.
The protesters directed that no shop, beer parlours, markets and other business ventures should be opened, placing a fine on any business venture that defies the directive.
The immediate past Vice Chairman of Twon-Brass Council of Chiefs, Chief Bendik Tonworio Williams told journalists in Twon Brass that he was in support of the protest.
He pointed out that the protest was a way for the people to register their grievances over NAOC non-challant attitude over poor power supply in the area.
Williams who is presently the Chairman of Light Committee in Twon Brass made it clear that the kingdom had written several letters to NAOC to rectify the power supply instead of rationing it to no avail.
He argued that it was quite unfortunate that the authorities of the multinational oil company had failed to meet their responsibility of restoring power supply to the area which has been enjoying 24 hours power supply.
On his part, the legislator representing Brass Constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Charles Daniel stated that he decided to visit the constituency to see things for himself and to also demonstrate his solidarity to the people of Twon-Brass.
He expressed delight that the women and youths showed their determination to seek redress when they spent the night at the gate of the NAOC in Twon Brass.
According to the stakeholders, it is important that the multinational company lives up to its roles and responsibilities to its host communities to ensure that the enduring peace it is enjoying in its operations over the years is not jeopardise by its poor power supply to the area in recent times.