By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”THE Gbaramatu Host Communitiesâ€™ Contractors Forum in Delta State undertook yesterday in Warri to beef up security around facilities of oil companies in the area to protect them from further attacks by criminals.
In a communiquÃ©, signed by the president of the forum, Kingsley Akpos Oturubo and five others, and made available to newsmen, the forum described oil facilities as very vital to the nation and vowed that they would put their lives on the line to secure them from harm.
It said: â€œWe hereby resolve today to do our best to secure the facilities of Chevron Nigeria Limited and the EGTL because they are vital national facilities that must be protected from further attacks.
“This Forum will work seriously to ensure that Chevron and EGTL carry out their operations peacefully.
â€œThe executive and members of the Forum, made up of past and present leaders of communities, wish to state that we shall do our best to secure facilities within our communities and we want to, by this medium, sympathize with Chevron over the recent vandalisation of some of its facilities in the swamp operation by some militants and despite the attack on the facilities, the company still sent relief materials running into several millions of Naira to our communities, we are really grateful.â€
While expressing gratitude to Delta State government, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chevron, Word of Life Bible Church, other religious bodies and NGOs for sending relief materials to the displaced persons, the Forum appealed to the Federal Government and the Joint Task Force (JTF) on the Niger-Delta to allow their people go back to their various communities to enable them live their normal life again in their God-given land.