By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE Paramount Ruler of Uvwie Kingdom, Delta State, HRM Abe 1, weekend,Â expressed regrets over non-response to an appeal made to the American oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, concerning the building of a new Palace for the Kingdom,Â whichÂ hosts the company’s operations office in Delta State.
The Uvwie monarch also decried the nonchalant attitude of the company in addressing vexed issues at the appropriate time until the community protests to the premises of the company to demand for their due rights, advising the management of Chevron to be pro-active in their approach to issues, to nip in the bud any situation that could disrupt peace in the community.
The traditional ruler made these remarks through the President-General of the Uvwie General Improvement Union, Chief Tuesday Onoge, weekend, at the Great Hall of the Chevron Recreation Club, Warri, during the signing of project specific agreement and presentation of N25 million cheque to the Ekpan Development Committee, EDC, for the construction of a Women Development Centre for the empowerment of women in the kingdom.
According to him, Chevron should immediately sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Uvwie communities to ensure a better and hitch free operation devoid of violence as the peace being enjoyed by itÂ in the kingdom should be reciprocal.
The monarch insisted that Chevron must pay full tenement rate to Uvwie Kingdom only as the landlord of its administrative office, saying that the community canno longer accept sharing same with Warri South Local Government Area.
He further charged Chevron to not only train the youths of the area but go the extra mile by engaging them in meaningful employment as the trained manpower would end up being the sources of local production of lather weapon to fight their perceived marginalization in their own home land.
Responding to the monarchâ€™s remarks, the General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, PGPA, Engr. Femi Odumabo said the N25 million was the first instalment of the N75 million earmarked for the Women Development Centre, where various skills such as catering, baking, hair dressing, fashion designing, event management and so on would be taught for the benefit of the women and the entire community.