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Jubilation as court grants Delta community oil host status

WARRI—The people of Kusimi community in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, have described the recent court judgments which granted them an oil host community status over Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, facility in the area as a victory that would safeguard a better future for generations unborn.

The community in August 2010 sued SPDC along with Kantu and Odidi communities over ownership of the sites where Odidi 1 and 2 oil operations were located, demanding to be accorded host community status for its ownership of the locations. The court in its judgment granted two major reliefs sought by Kusimi in the suit.

A community leader, Newman Kusimi and Deacon Clement Tekedor, Chairman, Tekedor/Kusimi, said: “The judgment has laid the foundation for unborn generations to succeed. We won two five reliefs sought, one of which is for Kusimi to be an accredited representative to Shell and two, that Shell should deal with Kusimi as the landlord of Odidi 1 and 2.”

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