The people of Egbema and Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State have been told that indulging in illegal bunkering as well as pipeline vandalism would only thwart efforts of Chevron Nigeria Limited in financing projects in its host communities in the area.
The Chairman of Egbema and Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation (EGCDF), Comrade Jude Ebitimi Ukori gave this advice shortly after familiarization tour/town hall meeting at Azama, Benikrukru and Kokodiagbene communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-west Local Government Area.
Ukori advised those who indulged in attack on Chevron’s facilities with intent to carry out illegal bunkering and pipeline vandalization in the area to desist from the act in order for the sole sponsor of EGCDF activities, Chevron Nigeria Limited to continue its oil and gas business in the area.
He said that the foundation was poised to promote sustainable development of all of its communities as well as attracting empowerment opportunities to all deserving indigenes of the communities, adding that they are not ignorant of the enormous developmental needs to which they are committed in working to fulfil.
According to him, “we can only achieve all these through the people’s support in ensuring peaceful environment for Chevron Nigeria Limited. So let us jointly protect the oil and gas facilities within and around our communities. We must all say no to illegal oil bunkering and pipeline vandalism. When we have done the needful, we can confidently demand for the best from the International Oil Companies and government in terms of employment, empowerment opportunities and increase in funding for developmental activities”.
While thanking the people for their efforts in bringing them on board as executives and members of the foundation, Ukori assured the people of the determination of his led executives to equitably execute both infrastructural and non-infrastructural projects across their communities in phases.
While assuring the people of the executives stance to revamp the micro credit scheme in order to boost their local economy, Ukori urged all contractors of ongoing projects to speed up execution and get them ready for the commissioning exercise.