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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Community Gives Shell, Chevron 14-Day Ultimatum

Vanguard (Lagos)
March 19, 2007
Emma Arubi, Warri

SHELL Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), and Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), have been given a 14-day ultimatum by the Dale-Oketa Itsekiri community in Warri North Local Government Council to arrange for a round table negotiation to address the alleged deliberate neglect of the community or face the wrath of the community in their Otumara and Olero oil field operations.

In a petition signed by Mr. Victor Bawo Okonedo, representative of the community and addressed to Mr. Harriman Oyofo, Manager, External Relations, SPDC, and Odumabo A.O., General Manager, Government and Public Affairs, CNL, on behalf of the management committee of Dale-Oketa community, they accused the SPDC of deliberately omitting their community as an impacted one in the “Trans-Escravos Pipeline Replacement and Otumara Integrated Oil and Gas Project, IOGP, against evidence by the Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA, profile confirming Dale-Oketa as one of the communities within the field.
 
They also accused Chevron of deliberately refusing to recognize them in the Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMOU, in their Olero Field Operations while Jakpa, their next door neighbour has since been accorded due recognition.

Dale-Oketa community stated further that all efforts to get the oil companies to dialogue on the vex issue has been rebuffed and therefore a 14-day ultimatum has been issued to to them within which they should enter into dialogue with the community or face their wrath.

When contacted for comment, a competent source at the SPDC who does not want his names in print told Vanguard on telephone that they do not have anything to do with the community while authorities of Chevron maintained that they do not relate with individual communities in their areas of operations, saying that it is the Community Development Council set up through the GMOU that handles such matters.

However, the Chairman of the Itsekiri Oil and Gas Producing/impacted Communities Development Council, Mr.Mofe Pirah, told Vanguard, yesterday that they only deal with communities duly approved by Chevron and sent to them, adding that if CNL wants these protesting communities to be accommodated by the Development Council they have to be duly informed and necessary logistics provided to accommodate them.

Mr. Mofe Pirah stated that Chevron is only being evasive and that they should do the right thing by according all these nearby communities due recognition, wondering why they accept one and leave the other when two of them are leaving side by side.

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