Ijaw communities rebuff Chevron’s sharing formula

Emma Amaize
& Akpokona Omafuaire

30 August, 2011, Sweetcrude, WARRI – THE Egbema/Gbaramatu Communities Development Committee, EGDC, comprising host Ijaw communities to Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, have rejected the sharing formula adopted by the company for the phase four of the Escravos Gas to Liquid Project, EGP.

In a statement in Warri, signed by Engineer Kennedy Brake, Comrade Joseph Wuruyai, Comrade Felix Adanse, Mr. Sunny Abilo and Labort Tonfawei, the EGDC communities said information at their disposal showed that the company has allegedly adopted a sharing formula of 65 per cent for Itsekiri, 25 per cent for Ijaws and 10 per cent for to replace the GmoU reached with the Ijaw Regional Development Council.

“The said 25 per cent is unacceptable, provocative and a slap on the Ijaw communities of Egbema and Gbaramatu Kingdoms. We shall stop all operations in CNL fields except the issues raised with Mr. Trust Inimgba- led PGPA teams are addressed.

“Oil and gas, which are produced in Ijaw areas, are collected to Escravos, we will not allow CNL to take our oil and gas to Escravos anymore. The proposed EGP4 should be built in Ijaw area.”

They said 25 per cent allocated to Ijaw was detrimental to the Ijaw interest and should be jettisoned for a full implementation of the agreed terms in the GmoU.

“All available contracts and jobs are given to people and communities outside areas of operation of CNL at the expense of the communities, this act must stop. We also call for promotion of Ijaws in CNL to managerial positions”, they added.

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