A Review of the Nigerian Energy Industry

Delta community shuts down Chevron’s pipeline project

*JTF arrests community spokesman, Chief Emami

Emma Amaize & Emma Arubi

04 February 2013, Sweetcrude, WARRI — Men of Joint military Task Force, JTF, code-named Operation Pulo Shield, Sunday, arrested Niger Delta youth leader and businessman, Chief Ayiri Emami, over the shutdown of Chevron Nigeria Limited’s gas pipeline project in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The project was reportedly shut down by aggrieved indigenes of Ugborodo community, who were protesting the company’s failure to provide electricity to the town.

Chief Emami is the spokesperson of Ugborodo Community Trust, a community development group.

Ugborodo community, which hosts the multi-billion dollars Escrasvos-Gas-to-Liquid project, has had a running battle with Chevron over electricity.

The Presidency intervened in the feud last year when it summoned the company and representatives of the community to Abuja for a peace parley.

At the meeting, Chevron was directed to supply stable and sustainable power from its tank farm to Ugborodo and Gbaramatu communities, as part of its corporate social responsibility.

Vice President Namadi Sambo and Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, played major roles in the mediation.

Government, however, charged the communities to maintain the peace to allow for smooth and unhindered operations by Chevron.

A prominent leader in the community, Ayiri, was arrested because he was believed to be one of the unseen forces behind the protest.

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  • We implore the Chevron management to meet its commitments to the host community. There is indeed a limit to how far strong arm tactics can go. We also urge the government to come alive to its responsibility rather than hide behind companies to plead corporate social responsibility – what if Chevron hadn’t been operating there, is the government saying the Ugborodo community wouldn’t have power supply? The government’s so called intervention in the crisis is just crazy.