OTP- Oil and Gas companies personnel from the Somali Ogaden region have evacuated their personnel according to sources in the region. The oil companies have been engaging oil and gas explorations in the region. the source added that the Ploy GCL Petroleum and the Chinese companies have evacuated their Engineers and other key members to Addis Ababa by air on Wednesday and arrived in Addis Ababa.
There has been a tension between the Federal government and regional government after Ethiopian defenses forces took a key post in the Jigjiga on last Saturday. the rift between the Somali state and federal government has erupted in the region due to political crisis relating clashes of Oromo and Somali people on land issues that have been created by politicised issues.
The federal government arrested former Somali regional state Abdi Mohamed Omar which angered the locals strong Liyu Police forces. Locals have considered the federal involvement as unconstitutional and unfair. Some people were calling as second class citizens and have been protesting against Federal government troops. Non-Somali Ethics have been targeted and after troops entered there are sources that non-Somali Ethiopian origin target local businesses and federal government troops have been giving hands which angered many locals and called as an ethnic occupation.
The project location is also remembered for the death of 74 Ethiopian and Chinese, who were victims of the armed group Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) attack of April 2007. Along with a few rebel groups operating in Ethiopia, the ONLF, which was named by Ethiopian government as a terrorist group is now welcomed by the new administration led by Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed to be engaged in peace talks. a meanwhile, the ONLF opposes the commencement of crude oil production in the region with its statement that followed the news.
ONLF and locals have repeated oil and gas in Ogaden can be explored when the locals are asked about their rights and a political solution is the only option that can be solved a hundred years question in Somali Ogaden state problem.