On July 3, 2014, the women of Obunagha community in Gbarain, Bayelsa State, stormed the Central Processing Facility (CPF) of Shell’s Integrated Oil and Gas Gathering Project (IOGP).
The women blocked the entrance to the facility in protest of Shell’s failure to provide electricity for them. The community had demanded the replacement of a failed power transformer that provided electricity for them. They wanted Shell to do that prior to their annual festival, to make the festival a successful one.
SACA met with their traditional ruler who said that the women needed a lot of assistance in their economic endeavours. He told SACA how he had been providing for the woman from his own personal resources. He is very angry with the company for the high level of corruption allegedly exhibited by the company in its dealing with the Cluster Development Board which had culminated in wasting the whooping sum N1 billion for a water project that was not functioning.
He lamented how Shell would not recognize him but often called on him to mediate whenever the women stopped their operations.