The Ijaw Youth Council has given an ultimatum to international oil companies (IOCs) operating in the Niger Delta to leave the region.
The council disclosed that the ultimatum is in accordance with the 30 days ultimatum earlier handed to the Federal Government to setup a substantive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
NDDC had been ran by an interim management committee but currently it is managed by a sole administrator.
Peter Igbifa,the president of the IYC, speaking at a press briefing, directed all the oil companies in the region to shut down operations voluntarily.
”We are not going to carry gun and chase anybody as Ijaw youths but we will stand on our right until our demand for substantive board is inaugurated in the NDDC.
In line with the ultimatum as the days are counting, we should have nine days remaining to go. All IOCs operating in our region should begin a peaceful and gentle evacuation of their personnel. It should be a very gentle and peaceful evacuation because we do not want anybody to take advantage of the shutdown.
We want them to take responsibility of their personnel, remove them gently. If you have IOCs that operate flow stations, take the remaining days and time and shutdown them down gently by yourself.
We are not coming to your flow station, shut them by yourself, we want you to shut the flames by yourself and vacate your personnel.
Within these days remaining in the ultimatum, you can take three to four days to shut down and evacuate.”