ByÂ Emma Arubi
WARRI – ITSEKIRI and Ijaw host communitiesâ€™ contractors to Chevron Nigeria Limited, Southern Gas Construction, SGC and Intel Nigeria Limited, major contractors to the multi-million naira Escravos-Gas-To-Liquid, EGTL project in Delta State, have threatened to disrupt operations for alleged insensitivity, neglect, marginalisation and lack of adherence to local content policy of the federal government.
In a statement signed by Chief Patrick Yalaju, Mr. Michael Abrakata, Mark Akanni and nine others on behalf of Ugbo Mefa communities in Warri metropolis, the communities accused the management of Intel of continued disregard for community engagement in the course of executing the EGTL project in their domain.
Itsekiri contractors, who gave the company a seven-day ultimatum to address the issues at stake or face a trade dispute, also demanded for a Memorandum of Understanding and complete compliance with the local content policy of the government in their execution of jobs in Warri.
Appealing to the company to take the demand seriously, the communitiesÂ further called on them to embark on skills acquisition programmes, award of scholarships to deserving youths and commence an annual community development package as demanded by them.
Similarly, the Egbema/Gbaramatu Ijaws, under the aegis of Gbaramatu Host Communities Contractors Forum, have said they would not guarantee Chevron and its EGTL project the desired peace and enabling working environment to operate, if the company failed to adhere to the local content policy of the federal government and engage them in the execution of both minor and major jobs.