By Emma Arubi

WARRI-Chevron Nigeria Limited operations and the multi-billion naira Escravos-Gas-To-Liquid, EGTL, were, Tuesday, shut by Ugborodo protesters, who protested alleged non-implementation of agreements reached with the leadership of the oil company in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

This is the second time the operations of the firm was shut within a month.

The community is also protesting against the non-execution of the Ugborodo shore protection project, claiming that the Federal Government and its intervention agencies deceived them with the promise, but failed to execute same.

The people are also protesting non-provision of employment opportunities for thousands of qualified Itsekiri, lack of electricity in some of their communities, lack of potable water, roads and bridges, adding that the community was at the verge of extinction due to the surging ocean, while Chevron was busy protecting its operational bases.

Speaking to Vanguard on the issues leading to their action, the National Chairman of the Ugborodo youth body, Mr. Julius Atete, noted that Chevron had declined to relocate their training centre from Ogere to their operational base in Delta State, despite having provided all the required facilities demanded from the community.

He expressed regret that Chevron was deliberately short-changing Niger Deltans of their rights and privileges, especially in the areas of employment and training, while filling all juicy positions with people from other parts of the country to the detriment of indigenous qualified persons.

Workers with some of the oil servicing companies at the Chevron Tank Farm and the Escravos –Gas–To-Liquid, EGTL, project site, who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity, confirmed that all operations at Escravos, including flights operations had been grounded, as they were all requested to remain in their various rooms.

Chevron sources told Vanguard that they were in consultations with the leadership of the Ugborodo community youths to seek amicable solution to the dispute.

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