By Emma Amaize
ASABA—CHEVRON Nigeria Limited has called on the people of oil-rich Kokodiagbene community, Delta State, currently at loggerheads with it over electricity supply, to seek implementation of their demand under the Federal Government’s gas-powered mini- Independent Power Project, IPP, for riverine communities.
General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs, Chevron, Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, stated this in his reaction to the agitation by the community which threatened, last week, to occupy the oil company’s Otunana flow station.
Delta State governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, had invited both the company and the community to a meeting of the state Security Council tomorrow to review the matter.
Brikinn said: “Chevron is aware of the invitation by the Delta State Government to a meeting on the stated date and the renewed agitation by Kokodiagbene over their demand for electricity supply.
“To address the issues, Chevron has continued to engage the relevant stakeholders, including the NNPC, Delta State Government and the Egbema Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation, EGCDF. The EGCDF is the Regional Development Committee, RDC, that represents the Ijaw communities, including Kokodiagbene, in the Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU, between the cluster of Ijaw communities neighbouring our Delta State operations, the Delta State government and Chevron.
“Chevron supports the efforts of the Nigerian government in community development through its various corporate social responsibility initiatives in the Niger Delta region. We are aware of the commitment (through an MoU) of the Federal Government, represented by NNPC, to provide electricity through a gas-powered mini- Independent Power Project to cater for some communities in the riverine areas of Delta State, including Kokodiagbene.
“We expect Kokodiagbene community through the EGCDF, to seek the implementation of the terms of the MoU,” he said.