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Chevron set to resurface sunk rig

By Emma Arubi
WARRI—CHEVRON Nigeria Limited (CNL) is set to re-surface “Rig 74” which sank 3 years ago at the Dibi Field in Warri North local government area of Delta State, even as it prepares to execute its Dibi Long Term Planned Project.

This comes as Delta State government has set up a committee to look into disagreement resulting from non-recognition by Chevron Nigeria Limited of Aja-Omaetan community in Dibi Field as one of its host and impacted communities since it commenced operation in the area, thereby short changing them of their rights and previleges.

Similarly, the people oil impacted Aja-Omaetan community, Chevron’s closest host, have cried against their  oppression, marginalisation and deprivation visited on them by the oil giant.

Saying it was capable of truncating the federal government’s amnesty programme, as they were now determined to take their destiny intheir own hands.

In a letter addressed to President Yar ‘Adua, entitled “Threat to our existence in our home stead,” and signed by Pa. Godwin Tagbanaraewumi and Mr. Henry Uyotsatsemi, Community head and secretary respectively, the community  said CNL has also failed to consider the negative impact the Dibi Long Term Project would cause the environment, its people and sources of livelihood.

The Aja-Omaetan community noted that  a spill occurred on September 15, 2007 and another on March 4, 2009, that adversely impacted their community and expressed regret that after series of meetings with the state government, which prevailed on Chevron to incorporate Aja-Omaetan  into the scheme of communities to benefit, the company has remained adamant till date.

They warned that their patience had been exhausted, stressing that the situation would soon deteriorate unless something urgent was done to address their plight immediately, especially as gas flaring has continued to devastate their vegetation and farm lands.

The letter read in part:  “We wish to state here clear and loud that should our youths take the laws into their hands before the injustice is addressed, Chevron should be held responsible”.

They appealed to Mr. President to wade into the matter, with a view to bringing justice to bear in the matter.

Mean while, efforts have reached advanced stage towards resolving the lingering issue of non-recognition by Chevron with the state government intervening.
Another round of tripartite talk is schedule today at the Government House Annex to seek ways of eternally resolving the matter once and for all to allow for peaceful and harmonious co-existence.


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