The youths in the Niger Delta region, under the aegis of Niger Delta Youths Leaders Administrative Council (NDYLAC), have threatened to take legal action against Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, over the location of his proposed refinery which is to be in Lagos and not their Region.
According to the youths, the location of the refinery outside the Niger Delta region contravenes the Nigerian Content Act.
In a statement issued and jointly signed by the chairman and secretary, Magnus Uche and Pobewei Abie, the NDYLAC said the location of the world’s biggest refinery in Lagos other than the Niger Delta region where the raw materials are sourced aggregates to the “continuous enslavement of the people of the Niger Delta area”.
They contended that the US$18billion which has been put into the laying of subsea oil and gas pipelines to connect the raw materials from the region to Lagos would deny the unemployed youths more than 5000 jobs, thus increasing the rate of poverty in that part of the country.
The NDYLAC described the proposal as “anti-Niger Delta” and have vowed to take every legal measure to ensure that Aliko Dangote rescinds his decision of citing the refinery in Lagos.