By Emma Arubi, Warri
Chairman of Udo Community in Chevron Nigeria Limited, (CNL) Olero field in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, Barr. Richard Omare has warned the oil major not to move their oil drilling rig from the Dibi field to Olero field until the host communities are provided with the long awaited water and electricity projects demanded over the years.
Accompanied by Dr. Jeffery Wilkie, Secretary of Tebu Community and Mr. Fredrick Kuke, Auditor of the Itsekiri Regional Development Committee (IRDC), Barr. Richard Omare in a press briefing in Warri, Thursday, said while the host communities wallows in darkness and lack of portable drinking water over these years, Chevron’s Olero field facility enjoys all these amenities and more 24 hours every day till date.
He expressed regret that even when the Delta State Government have promised and agreed in a tripartite meeting of CNL, IRDC and the host communities to provide water, and Chevron have since fulfilled their part of the agreement, the Delta State Government to the knowledge of Governor Okowa has neglected to undertake the distribution of the water through network of pipes to the communities till date on flimsy reasons, saying they can no longer continue in this suffering when they contribute immensely to the revenue profile of the state by way of the 13 percent derivation fund.
According to him, they are warning Chevron and its personnel not to move their oil drilling rig from Dibi field to Olero field for any drilling operations for safety reasons as they are determined to resists them with all their security agents.
He noted that the State Government and Chevron have taken their peaceful disposition for granted all through these years by not acceding to their demands and ignoring their series of letters, saying that they have become the goose that lays the golden egg without tasting from it and they can no longer accept this situation.