An oil firm, Chevron Nigeria Limited, has been accused of sponsoring the crisis in Ureju Community in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Leaders of the community accused Chevron of using Itsekiri Regional Development Committee, IRDC, one of its eight GMoU Models, to oppress its host communities, alleging that the company ‘engineered’ the leadership crisis in IRDC which has culminated in an ongoing litigation.
Chairman of Ureju Community, Mr. Tonwe Henry, in a statement in Warri, said Itsekiri host communities such as Ureju “should not be allowed to suffer untold hardship due to no fault of ours.”
Noting that Ureju as a major oil producing community under Chevron’s Dibi Field deserves a “better environment equipped with life enhancing facilities,” compared to what obtains in Chevron staff quarters, Tonwe enjoined Chevron to channel “all correspondences and activities hitherto handled by IRDC through the Olu of Warri to ensure even distribution.”
He said international oil companies such as Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Mobil, Agip and NLNG have relocated their operational headquarters to their major areas of operation and tasked Chevron to follow suit.

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