In a recent development to the Chevron Nigeria Limited’s (CNL) 18th February 2021 oil spill at its Utonana flowstation, the Gbaramatu Chairmen Association has called on the management of the multinational oil company to carry out with immediate effect the Joint Investigation and Verification (JIV) exercise as well as beware of unscrupulous elements that are trying to use CNL for the benefit of third parties.
This was made known in a press release on Thursday, 1 April 2021 and signed by the chairmen of Oporoza, Kunukunuma and Okerenkoko Federated Communities, Apostle Labort Tonfawei (JP), Chief Moses Bebenimibo (JP) and Akpos Oturubo, respectively.
The press release reads:
“We, the Gbaramatu Chairmen Association, in agreement with the Gbaramatu Traditional Council of Chiefs as represented by Chief Amb. Godspower Gbenekama (JP), the Fiyewei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, and other chiefs in the Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta state. Want Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) Joint Investigation and Verification (JIV) to take place as soon as possible, preferably not later than Saturday, 3rd April 2021.
“However, we as Gbaramatu people may not want to see other elements who have spurious claims as it affects this said spill because the people that are affected are mainly the Ijaw people of Gbaramatu extraction and the people that are occupying the three flowstations are Ijaw people of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
“Those that want to help their tribesmen through CNL should do that through other means and not through the spill.
“We also advice the management of CNL to be careful of some elements in Chevron who are bent on manipulating the company and its process to favour their tribesmen. These people are the major problems of the company.
“We would want to repeat that, this spillage that has occurred affects the Ijaws of Gbaramatu Kingdom and it is this same Ijaw people that are now occupying the flowstations. So, we would not want to see any other person(s) representing any other community(ies) during the JIV process.
“If they want to help their people they can do that within Chevron internal process without affecting us. Our leaders have tried; we are ready to cue behind them to achieve a hitch free process and the protection of our interests whenever the need arises,” the statement concluded.
It would be recalled that recently, massive protests by impacted communities erupted in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta state, in relation to an oil spill which occurred 18 February 2021 at CNL’s flowstation in the Jones Creek area with no JIV conducted and no compensation paid to date to the affected communities, a situation that led to the shutdown of CNL’s flowstations.