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Delta State government has waded into the crisis between Chevron Nigeria Limited and Polobubo community in Warri North Council Area of the state over the location of a Chevron’s facility on fire.
Polobubo (Tsekelewu) community had alleged that Chevron was trying to cause communal clashes between them and their neighbours in Ondo State by saying that the facility on fire belonged to Ilaje community in Ondo State.
But in a meeting organised by the Delta State government held at the Government House Annex, Warri, Polobubo community leaders vowed to resist the alleged schemes by Chevron Nigeria Limited to cede parts of their land to their Ilaje neighbours in Ondo State.
The meeting was between leaders and elders of the community on one side and representatives of Chevron on the other side, aimed at discussing ongoing faceoff between the two sides over a facility location and an inferno raging on it.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was represented at the meeting by the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Peter Mrakpor, and the senior special assistant to the governor on Intelligence Gathering And Community Development, Smart Yomi Asekutu.
The community also pleaded with Governor Okowa to among other things, prevail on Chevron to immediately end the inferno on the facility, evaluate the level of health and environmental damage the fire had done to the community and commence immediate remediation, even as he asked for an urgent delineation of the boundaries with Ondo State to forestall border crisis.
It would be recalled that fire had broken out on an oil-well in the area since April 18, however, the situation had also sparked a heated disagreement between Polobubo leadership and the oil multinational, over the designation of the facility on fire; while the community identified it as Ikpalapkala-Bou oil-well, located in … Read More...