SAYS IJAWS OF GBARAMATU, EGBEMA ARE MOSTLY MARGINALIZED BY CHEVRON
COMMENDS UGBORODO COMMUNITY FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST AGAINST CNL
The Spokesman (Fiyewei) of the great GBARAMATU Kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, High Chief Godspower Gbenekama says ignoring of GBARAMATU oil and gas host communities to CHEVRON Nigeria limited by CHEVRON in their present negotiations with their UGBORODO neighbours invites danger against CNL if not properly handled now.
Chief Gbenekama accused, NAPIMS, NNPC of encouraging divide and rule tactics against host communities with especially in the aspect of contracts , urging government not to wait for protest or going to occupy flow stations before they will listen to host communities in order not to make it a norm to achieve their aims and demands.
The great GBARAMATU Kingdom spokesman quipped that whatever discussions Chevron and government wants to discuss with their UGBORODO neighbours Ijaw communities hosting CNL operations should be carried along adding that both ijaws of GBARAMATU and Egbema are host communities to CHEVRON are in the same terrain therefore should not be neglected.
He pointed out GBARAMATU people are not afraid of occupying flow stations if that is what the government want before they will attend to their demands which they have presented to CHEVRON severally even in Gbaramatu Kingdom Palace at Oporoza, without attention or call for dialogue.
He stated further that the PERE of the great GBARAMATU Kingdom, HRM Oboro Gbaraun 11 has continually appealed to his subjects not to embark on protest, urging them to remain peaceful and wait for government and Chevron to call for round table dialogue which is yet to be of reality.
The great GBARAMATU Spokesman posited that Ijaws of GBARAMATU and Egbema kingdoms are mostly marginalized by CHEVRON especially in the area of employment, electricity, empowerment and contracting, stressing that Ijaws does not have any top management staff in Chevron both in Lagos, Warri and Escravos terminal operations of CNL, he noted that Itsekiri is having PGPA General in Lagos and Warri controlling the public affairs departments, he as well urged CNL to urgently do something about it to sustain the peace being enjoyed in their area.
Chief Gbenekama commended UGBORODO communities for their dogged effort coming together to protest against injustice meted to hosts communities by CHEVRON, saying Gbaramatu is solidly behind them in the protest and assured of supporting them in the struggle.