Indigenes of Benikrukru Group in Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West Native Authorities Space of Delta State on Wednesday staged a peaceable protest over an alleged inhuman therapy, oppression and marginalisation by Chevron Nigeria Restricted, CNL.
Whereas bearing placards with inscriptions reminiscent of “Chevron, acknowledge our welders and fitters,” and Chevron”, “cease the divide and rule system”, they demanded a halt to all types of environmental degradation of their communities.
Additionally they warned Chevron Nigeria Restricted to not tamper with the Abiteye Oil discipline Safety Houseboat.
In a letter to the Managing Director of CNL, Mr. Jeffrey Ewing, the Chairman and Secretary-Basic of Benekrukru group, Boan Solomon Eris and Comrade Kingsley Ukulu, who led the peaceable protest demanded contract labour and catering companies to indigenes of the Group,
Aside from the request for an pressing recruitment of certified indigenes of the group by CNL, the leaders additionally demanded contracts for crane and forklift, provide of in-house tools, diesel and marine transport companies.
“The principle drive for this protest is all concerning the motion of the home boat. The houseboat is the one materials that Chevron launched to us to have revenue month-to-month.
“As we communicate now, they’re about to maneuver the houseboat away which can go away the group in starvation. So, we’re saying that the houseboat ought to stay,” Boan Eris pleaded.
Ladies chief of the Group, Madam Elizabeth Lagbo additionally warned that there will probably be no peace henceforth within the space if CNL refuses to provide employment to their girls and youths.
A consultant of Abiteye, an extension of Benikrukru, Austin Ojo, who mentioned the folks have taken their future of their arms, additionally implored CNL to heed the calls for of the folks to avert a shutdown of its facility.
In the meantime, a consultant of the Abiteye Platform Supervisor, CNL, Mr. Francis Obodo, who addressed the protesters, appreciated their peaceable nature and guaranteed them he would go their message throughout to the suitable quarters.
“I thanks for this peaceable protest. I guarantee you that Chevron is a socially accountable firm. No matter calls for you may have introduced on this morning, I’m assuring you that I’ll talk it to the suitable quarters and very quickly, you’ll hear from us.”