Ugborodo Youth leaders shut down Chevron’s operation again

Emma Arubi

27 September, 2011, Sweetcrude, WARRI- FOR the second time this month, following Chevron’s alleged non-implementation of agreements reached with the leadership of the oil-rich Ugborodo community in Warri South-West council area of Delta state, all operational activities of the oil giant and that of the multi-billion naira Escravos-Gas-To-Liquid, EGTL, were early yesterday morning shut down.

The community is also protesting the non-execution of the Ugborodo shore protection project, even as they claimed that the Federal government and its intervention agencies deceived them when they promised them that the project would be built into the this of this year but fail to do so.

The people are further protesting non-provision of employment opportunities for thousands of qualified Itsekiris, lack of electricity in some of their communities, lack of portable water, network of roads and bridges, adding that the community is at the verge of extinction due to the vagaries of ocean surge while Chevron is busy protecting their operational base daily.

Speaking on the issues leading to their action the National Chairman of the Ugborodo youth body, Mr. Julius Atete noted that Chevron has declined to relocate their training centre from Ogere to their operational base in Delta state in spite of having provided all the required facilities demanded from the community.

He expressed regret that Chevron is deliberately shot-changing Niger Deltans of their due rights and privileges especially in the areas of employment and training while greedily filling all juicy vacancies with people from other part of the country to the detriment of indigenous qualified people.

Workers with some of the many oil servicing companies at the Chevron Tank Farm and the Escravos –Gas –To-Liquid, EGTL, project site who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity confirmed that all operations at Escravos, including flights operations has been ground since early morning as they were all requested to remain in their various rooms.

Chevron sources disclosed that they are in deep consultations with the leadership of the Ugborodo community youths to seek amicable solution to the logjam.

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