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Community asks Shell to sack contractor

By Emma Amaize
WARRI—TSEKELEWU, a host community to the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State,  has asked the oil firm to revoke the contract for the running of the community’s power generator because of alleged non-performance by the contractor.

The community in a reminder, entitled, “Re: Stoppage of diesel supply/maintenance contract of Tsekelewu community generating plant from Judigreat Ventures Limited- Application to stop the contract,” dated May 27, by its  lawyer, P. Tobuyei,  accused the contractor of not running the generating plant properly.

The community said they resolved at a general meeting to do away with the services of the contractor and mandate two of their elders, Mr. Morgan Oniyeburutan and Snr. Evangelist Charles Isene, to notify SPDC that the contract be terminated in favour of a more serious minded and efficient contractor, but, since May 11, the oil firm has not responded to their  request.

“Community leaders and Christian organisations in Tsekelewu are very worried that SPDC is yet to take any action, despite the letters of protest, particularly as there is so much tension in the community over the problem created by the issue complained of,” they said.

Investigations by Vanguard showed that the people of the community are not happy  because they were not consulted by Shell on  the choice of  contractor for the running of the generating plant.


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