Itsekiri communities notify FG, Delta on action against Chevron

Asaba—Itsekiri oil producing communities in Chevron Nigeria Limited’s operational fields of Dibi, Olero and Abiteye in Delta State, have alerted the Federal and Delta State Governments on their planned severe action against the oil giant over its alleged refusal to implement a five-point demand.

The Nation newspaper reports that the communities, under the auspices of Niger Delta Itsekiri Oil Producing Communities (NDIOPC), said the demands were tabled before the oil company since last year.

They frowned at Chevron’s “lackadaisical” attitude towards their demands in spite of interventions from the Olu of Warri and the State Government.

Chairman of NDIOPC, Comrade Raymond Aderojo, in a statement explaining the decision to “take the bull by its horn,” was reached after a three-day meeting by indigenes of the communities, where they took “a cursory look at the lackadaisical behavior of Chevron ” as regards their demands.

He stated that the management of CNL had repeatedly failed in its promises to meet their demands, despite” the appeal/intervention of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III and the Delta State Government.”

The demands, according to Aderojo, include, “the immediate conversion of our brothers in the VTP5/OTP2 and VTP6 training programme, to staff of Chevron Nigeria Limited; commencement of work for the provision of hospital, portable water, and electricity; increment of our community workers’ salary; increase in scholarship funds for our students and provision of new employment slots.”

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