……write Senate President over Chevron Negligence………
…….by James Ikenna………
The people of Abereke and Abereke Seaside Communities in Ilaje Local Government of Ondo State have called on the President of the Nigerian Senate to save them from the recent Chevron Nigeria Limited, fire outbreak coming from oil explsion at it’s Ojumole oil Wells and pipelines in the local government
The oil company host community said that the fire outbreak and explosion occured on Thursday 18th April, 2019 and had affected Opuekaba flow station onsjore Awoye community estuary, Isan oil field Isan west oil field, Parabe oil field, Mali oil field and Ororo oil field offshore Ilaje Local government in Info State.
According to them these oil fields are owned and operated by by Chevron Nigeria Limited. These fire out break, they said was due to negligence by Chevron and it also affected all the communities and Mahin Kingdom
They host community noted that the fire out break and explosion had violated the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and by this and other Act Chevron has caused air pollution and the health of the communities have been in danger.
According to them since the incident Chevron has refused to do do something about the incident nor even deal with them as host communities.
They pointed out that the fire outbreak lasted for two months and that series of letters has been written to Chevron and no response from the oil firm. “Chevron has caused not less than fifteen major oil spilss between 2004 and 2019 that destroyed lives and property worth billions of naira without any clean up or compensation to our communities” they said.
They communities therefore urge the President of the Senate to use his good office to compel the oil company to come to their aid by building a health centre in the community. They demand that the oil company should consider giving jobs to the teaming population of the youth in the community. They also ask the oil firm to consider building them a town hall and provision of portable drinking water and power supply.