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Tension over renewed GMoU in Delta

WARRI—THE recently renewed Global Memorandum of Understanding, GmoU, between Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL; Egbema/Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation, EGCDF, and the Delta State Government is causing ripples.

In a statement by Chief Jeffrey Ojogun, Chairman/Amadiwei of Benikrukru Community and the General Secretary, Fanty Wariyai, have cautioned the signatories to the renewed GMoU to steer clear from all affairs of the community as their action did not get their backing.

They also warned CNL to stop meddling in the affairs of Benikrukru Community in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

They accused Chevron of trying to cause disaffection and disunity in the community, threatening to mobilise women and children to cripple the company’s facilities.

The statement read in part: “We just rose from an emergency meeting at Benikrukru, where we resolved that all those who participated in the signing of the renewed GMoU between the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture, Egbema/Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation and the Delta State Government be sanctioned.

“They went ahead and signed the renewed GMoU with Chevron, when we have told them not to do so.

“They are on their own as they did not attend the signing ceremony with the total support of our community of which they represent in the EGCDF and henceforth, we do not want them to transact any business in the name of our community again.

“We will no longer accept this divide and rule tactics from Chevron, enough is enough and a word is enough for the wise.”


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