By Etop Ekanem
Chevron Host Communities Contractors Association, CHOCOPROCO, has demanded immediate relocation of Chevron corporate headquarters to Warri, its operational base, as directed by the Federal Government.
Addressing newsmen in Warri, Delta State, Mr Emmanuel Adidi and Enaefewan Friday, Chairman and Secretary of the association respectively, said: “Because we are aware of the process this will take, we, therefore, demand the immediate relocation of the procurement supervisor’s office and Warri Area Manager’s office to Warri forthwith.”
The group, with representatives from Itsekiri, Urhobo, Ijaw and Ilaje ethnic nationalities, reiterated its earlier 45-day ultimatum issued to Chervron, warning that with effect from March 12, 2018, no truck/trailer load of any Chevron contractor/vendor/supplier will be allowed to enter Chevron dockyard/TOPCON or be allowed to park along Warri New-Port expressway.
It condemned “in its entirety the gross marginalisation and gang-up against us,” saying: “Host communities contractors have equal stake in the day-to-day activities of operations going on in their communities and are entitled to live peacefully and benefit maximally from her government and resources.”
The group, however, commended the recent moves by Delta State government under the leadership of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to nip this challenge in the bud, saying: “We call on all Nigerians to support Delta State and Federal Governments to not only assist in resolving this crisis, but to as well help restore permanent peace and solution to all aggrieved parties, which is another way of moving Nigeria to a greater height.
“CHOCOPROCO must be carried along with 65 per cent of all opportunities in the day-to-day contract awards in facilities engineering department, construction department, logistics department, facilities management department, procurement/purchasing department forthwith.”