By Emma Amaize
WARRI—CHEVRON Nigeria Limited, CNL, has appealed to oil communities to maintain the existing peaceful environment in the Niger Delta region.

It also called on the communities to protect facilities of oil companies to guaranthe the provision of more development projects from the oil firms.

Team Leader of Chevron’s Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU, Mr. Phillip Gbasin, made the appeal during the commissioning of projects completed by the Egbema/Gbaramatu Central Development Council, EGCDC, a community-oriented development agency, supported by the company, in a number of Ijaw communities in Warri North and Warri South-West Local Government Areas of Delta State.

Mr. Gbasin,  who spoke at Opuama during the inauguration of the community’s health centre, public toilet facility and 10 bedroom guest house,  said that his company will only be able to meet its contractual obligation of N400 million annually to the EGCDC, if its operations were not hindered, adding  “for one to continue to get drinking water, the source of that water must be sustained.”

It was a harvest of projects for EGCDC, as an ultra-modern town hall, poultry and fish farm were commissioned at Benikrukru community, inlcuding six -classroom blocks at Makaraba,  landing jetty and waiting shed at Ikenyan, six -classroom block at Kpokugbene, while a  landing jetty and waiting shed at Dinkoru.

The people turned out from their various communities with different dance groups to receive the Chevron team, the EGCDC chairman, Mr. E. Doyah-Tiemo and praised them for a job well done.

Gbaramatu monarch, HRM Aketekpe, Ogieh_Gbaran III commended the council for proving its critics wrong with the projects in the kingdom and appealed to the benefiting communities to protect the projects from vandals.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the projects, EGCDC chairman, Mr. Doyah_Tiemo said,  “let me reveal to you some of the plans of the council,  beginning from 2011, there will be less and less demand for these physical infrastructural projects from the communities.

In which case, the council will have some relatively free funds that can be directed to human capital development, especially formal and informal education, in order to tackle the problem of illiteracy and backwardness of the Ijaw nation.”

According to him, the council was, planning to establish model schools in the communities _ schools that would be fully equipped with science laboratories, libraries, ICT facilities, boarding facilities, well trained and paid teachers, transportation facilities, “so that we can have products that would be competitive in the employment market.”

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