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NIGERIAN TRIBUNE: Community gives Shell 2-day ultimatum to withdraw representative

Bolaji Ogundele, Port Harcourt – 16.12.2007

The people of Belema community in Akuku-Toru local government area of Rivers state have called on the state governor, Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to intervene in the face-off they are having with the multinational oil company, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to avert likely crisis.

The community, which had issued a 21-day ultimatum to the company to withdraw its current Community Relations Officer from the Ekulama Oil Field, in which it is a co-land owners or face heat from the community.

The Head/Chairman, Belema Council of Chiefs, Chief Ibinabo Kalaoriye, while talking to journalists in Port Harcourt over the weekend, indicated that the continued stay of the said CRO in the area was a threat to peace and security of the place.

According to Chief Kalaoriye, some of the activities of the company’s representative in the area had caused serious crisis among youths and chiefs of the area.

He said he had sent a petition on the matter to the management of the company in the year 2003, but no step was taken.

He, however, noted that the failure of the company to effect the transfer of the representative from the area would lead to the disruption of the company’s activities in the area very soon.

“See what has happened in Kula community some few months back. We don’t want such incident to repeat itself, but if the SPDC allows Mr. Enobun to continue, something worse will happen.

The CRO is always boasting that nothing will remove him from the Ekulama oil fields because his elder brother is the Security Adviser to SPDC, why would we allow such a person to be our CRO?

Contract jobs that are meant for us, he has secretly awarded them to his close associates, friends and himself”, he lamented.

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