The National Association of Gbaramatu Female Graduates, NAGFG, a body of female graduates in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, has tasked Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, to without delay, embark on immediate environmental cleanup and compensation of the affected communities in the kingdom not only in cash but also long-term empowerment schemes that include permanent job offers.
This was made known by NAGFG President, Barrister Iyoroebi Itima Kenge in a statement she issued on behalf of the body of female graduates over the weekend.
According to Barrister Iyoroebi, “Honestly speaking, Chevron has not acted professionally as regards the oil spill from its Utonana flowstation in the Jones Creek area. We are talking of a spill that occurred February 2021 that is almost two months by this April.
“On that note, we, the body of Gbaramatu female graduates, hereby call on Chevron to without delay embark on the cleanup and compensation exercise in the affected areas. In fact, since the livelihoods of the people have been seriously affected, Chevron should also factor in direct employment of Gbaramatu citizens besides just doling out cash, as such would go a long way to curb poverty in the affected communities.
“For close to two months now, people living in the affected communities are suffering greatly and many are reportedly sick. It is a terrible situation. And rather than act in line with global best practices in the cause of a spill, the company is busy denying the spill occurrence and then foot dragging on doing the needful for the safety of the people,” the NAGFG President stressed.
Barrister Iyoroebi therefore appealed to both the state and federal government to as a matter of urgency wade into the issue by calling the American oil giant to order.
“So far we have been very peaceful. Initially, we did not embark on any protests but waited quietly for Chevron to act. The recent protest was embarked upon because of the insensitivity of Chevron towards the spill and its effect on our communities.
“We are therefore calling on the state and the federal government to intervene through their relevant agencies and commissions to send relief materials to ease the pains and sufferings of the people while we urge the management of Chevron to immediately take the bull by the horn by taking the necessary steps needed to ameliorate the sufferings of the people”.