Thursday, September 8, 2011

Gbaramatu Women Disrupt Chevron Operations

7 September 2011

Emma Amaize and Akpokona Omafuaire

Warri — HUNDREDS of placard-carrying women, from about 10 Gbaramatu communities in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, yesterday, laid siege to the project site of Chevron Nigeria Limited at Chanomi Creek and disrupted the laying of pipelines for the multi-billon dollars Escravos Gas to Liquid project.

The workers of an indigenous service company, Fenog Nigeria Limited, handling the project were helpless as the women refused to vacate the site, while soldiers guarding them looked on.

The women, from Okerenkoko, Oporoza, Benikrukru, Kurutie, Kunukunuma, Azama, Igoba, Pepe-Ama, Tebizon, Kokodiagbene communities, led by Mrs. Comfort Oguma, said both the Federal Government and Chevron deceived them and demanded that all pre-contract agreements be fulfilled.

Mrs. Oguma said: "We are here for a peaceful demonstration. Before this pipeline contract started, Chevron and the Federal Govern-ment agreed to provide us with water and light. Right now, they have not done anything."

Another villager, Ms. Edith Odafe, said: "We are in pains. Chevron has failed in its promises to us. We need these basic things of life which they promised us. The contract is far gone and they have not done anything. They are insulting our sensibility as a people."

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