UItimatum: Otuaro Intervenes Between Chevron And Host Communities
The Delta State Government has sued for calm in the crisis between oil bearing communities in Warri South West and Chevron Nigeria Limited that led to the shutting down of its flow station in Utunana, Kokodiagbene in Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warrior South West.
The Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro made the appeal in Government House Annex Warri, at a meeting he had with the oil firm and stakeholders from the four affected communities.
Barr. Otuaro said the State Government summoned the meeting to broker peace between the oil firm and the communities to enable the company commence operation while the issues that gave birth to the crisis was being looked into.
He said the shutting down was unhealthy to the host communities, the company, the State and the Federal Government and called on the oil company to look into the development of its host communities.
The Deputy Governor gave assurance that the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa led administration will continue to take proactive steps in peace building affirming that no meaningful progress could be made in an atmosphere of rancour and acrimony.
The Deputy Governor charged the company and stakeholders of the communities to work in accordance with the decisions reached.
The General Manager Policy, Government Affairs of Chevron Nigeria Limited,, Mr. Esimaje Brikins said the company will work to meet the ultimatum given it by the host communities to avoid shutting their operations down again.
He thanked the State Government for the timely intervention to avoid loss of revenue and bring about lasting peace.
Some of the stakeholders from Egbema, Gbaramatu, Kokodiagbene and Makaraba Communities said if the Ultmatum given to Chevron was not fulfilled they will further shut down the flow station.
They said the oil firm has refused to provide basic amenities for its host communities in addition to implementing the Memorandum of Understanding reached in time past.
The meeting was attended by opinion leaders from the affected communities and top government functionaries including the Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mr. Freeman Fregene, the Chairman of Warri Southwest Council Area Hon. Taiye Tuoyo and the Special Adviser on Conflict Resolution Chief Edwin Uzor.
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